So much of the time I need to remember that I am just that. I am not my own. My life (my kids and all) doesn’t really belong to me. I like to think that I’m in control when it comes to raising my kids. In reality, I am only a person who is being “used as a means to accomplish a purpose”.
I’ve been reminded lately that my kids don’t truly belong to me.I’ve been given the privilege of mothering them, of being their care-giver, but they aren’t really mine. God wants me to hold my children loosely and remember each day that they belong to Him.
When I realize that I’m only a tool to be used by God, it reminds me He’s the artist, I am not. When I realize He is the one creating the masterpiece, that I am merely a brush in His hand, a tool to be used to create something of value, then I am truly put in my place.
I want to pray daily that God helps me get out of the way God will order my steps if only I ask.
I pray often for patience. I find it such a struggle to remain emotionless when it comes to discipline. When I discipline, or when I establish boundaries, I must hold my emotions at bay. James Dobson compares it to a police officer handing out a ticket. He does so void of emotion. He simply hands out the consequence without a lecture.
I’m in a marathon, not a sprint. It takes the master a lot of years to create the masterpiece!
If I know I’m merely a tool, I look at my kids differently. I continue
to go to the Master Craftsman and ask Him to lead me as He shapes my girls into
a work of beauty that will be used for His glory. Without His guidance and
direction, I am able to accomplish nothing. May He find me as a useful implement
who is excited about being used by Him.
How has God reminded you that you are His tool in the lives of your kids?