This post may contain affiliate links from Amazon.com or other companies mentioned, which means that if you purchase through them, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. I appreciate your support
Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful mothers (whether biological, adoptive, or spiritual). I hope you’re having the most wonderful day!
Today (hopefully), many of us get to take a day off from being a mother. But we all know that being a mother isn’t a single job. We’re also chefs, chauffeurs, housekeepers, teachers, nurses, and referees to name a few.
But when I discovered my God-given purpose, I realized I had one more role as a mother. I realized that God was also asking me to be a good steward of my children’s purpose.
In the same way, God has a specific, unique plan for us, He also has one for each of our children. As mothers, it’s part of our responsibility to steward that purpose. To help guide our children into their God-given destinies and ensure that they become all that God has created them to be.
How do we do that? Here are a few ways we, as mothers, can be good stewards of our children’s purpose.
Ask God about His Plans for Them (Ps 139:16; Jer 29:11)
God has special plans for our children. Their destinies have already been written. Ask Him to show you what’s written in their books, then craft prayers around what He shows and tells you. Continually declare that all that He has revealed about their purpose will come to pass.
Let Them Know Their Purpose is Important
It’s important that our children know they were born to have a meaningful life. Their purpose is important to God and important for others. There are people waiting for them to become who they were created to be.
Help them to grow in their relationship with God as a Father
We cannot do what we were created to do unless we know who we were created to be. To fulfill their purpose, our children need to operate in their true identity, and their true identity is only found in God the Father.
Teach Them to Live in Father’s Unconditional Love
Father’s unconditional love leaves lots of room for mistakes and gives us the courage to pursue our purpose without fear of messing up. Encourage your children to see God as a father who loves them unconditionally. When they do mess up, they will run to Him instead of running away from Him.
Steward Their Natural Abilities and Talents
The things your children are good at are directly related to what God has called them to do. These hobbies, interests, and even future career choices often reflect the desires God has placed in their hearts. Ask God to help you guide and support them in the ones they will need to succeed.
Submit to God’s Plans for Them
We all want what’s best for our children but we must be careful not to impose our own expectations on them. Your child might choose a non-traditional path that does not allow them to spend time in traditional ministry. Living our God-given purpose IS our ultimate ministry to God and it can happen inside or outside the traditional church setting. Your child might touch the lives in a secular environment in a way no pastor ever can.
Lead by Example
Are you pursuing your God-given purpose? Our children learn more from what we do than what we say. The best way to steward their purpose is to lead by example and let them see you actively pursuing your own purpose.
Prayer: Father, help us as mothers to not only be good stewards of our own purpose but to also steward the purpose of our children well. Help us to allow you to guide us as we guide them into their God-given destinies.
© Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog