You know, sometimes I think I have this “mom” thing all figured out. My oldest daughter is eighteen, and I have eight children. In many respects I can say, “Been there, done that.” I’ve seen a lot throughout the years.
But in full disclosure, without the Lord I don’t know what I’m doing. Each child is individual and unique. Each day I encounter new parenting challenges. This applies to my role as a wife, too. As my husband and I grow older, there are new ways I can serve him better. Our lives are constantly growing and changing.
Unfortunately pride sneaks in my life when I least expect it. I think things are going well, and then bam…I’m thrown for a loop. I’m once again humbled, and I realize I don’t have everything figured out.
If I had been walking in humility in the first place, this wouldn’t have happened. Humility realizes that I am nothing without my Savior. Humility realizes that I can do nothing in my own strength. Humility doesn’t think that I have mothering, homeschooling, or being a wife figured out. Humility doesn’t boast in my children’s accomplishments, because somehow, deep down inside, they validate myself.
Ouch, right? Walking in humility goes against each and every grain of our sin nature, but it the secret weapon that will build our families up, and not tear them down. Walking in humility requires renewing my mind daily by washing it in the Word. This doesn’t come easy to me.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.
Colossians 3:12 KJV
Once we realize that we are nothing, the Lord has more room to fill our cups with His truth. His truth is all that matters, ladies. Our own opinions and motives are as garbage. Without Him, we are nothing. Once we become believers, our lives are no longer our own. We are slaves to God. HalleluYah! This is a good and glorious thing!
I pray that through my nothingness, He reveals His holiness. I pray that I will be an example for my children to do the same.
A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Proverbs 29:23 KJV