This past week we added the Tabletalk magazine from Ligonier Ministries as part of our morning devotions and have been enjoying the study immensely. This morning I was up early and read through their article for this weekend entitled "Godly Mothers" by Tom Ascol in which he discussed the role of Timothy's mother and grandmother in in his life (2 Timothy 1:5). Dr. Ascol affirms that God's design is that children be raised in two-parent families with dads doing the leading, and I whole-heartedly agree with him. I am so thankful for a godly husband who, despite his many hours away from our home working hard to provide for us, loves and leads us as best he can with his limited time. That being said, much of the training of our two still at home falls to me. The final paragraph of the article reminded me of what can easily be forgotten unless we keep a proper perspective of our calling as mothers:
Did you catch that? "Her family is her mission field..." I remember being taught that, and I know it is true, but there is so much out there (and to be truthful, even within the home) that calls our names and tempts us to find our fulfilment and purpose outside of our callings as wives and mothers. We must be sure that we are "seizing all the right opportunities" so that we do not fail to properly "impact the rising generation with the gospel." We must not sacrifice our callings in order to pursue our own ambitions. We must not sacrifice our children in order to do "ministry" no matter how worthy that ministry might be.
The call to be a mother is a high calling indeed. Even when the home life is fraught with difficulties and challenges, a Christian mother has a great opportunity to influence her children for Christ. Her family is her mission field, and like all faithful missionaries she should trust the Lord to supply grace to meet all of the challenges as she seeks to seize all of the opportunities to impact the rising generation with the gospel (emphasis mine).
My family is my mission field...