We have a new Prime Minister in Canada. A conservative. Opinions about him vary tremendously, but time will show his ability to lead our country. As the election results were streaming in last night, there was a small feature about his upbringing and childhood years. This made me reflect on a home-schooling seminar my friend went to. It talked about raising the leaders of tomorrow. One of their main thoughts was that you need to be an example of "greatness" to inspire "greatness". They discussed the idea of raising "statesmen" by studying the founding fathers of confederation: their ideals and methods for building the New World.
Not that I'm suggesting we all focus on bringing up the next prime minister, or senator, but I needed this reminder that my sons have a purpose in God's grand plan. Whether it be prime minister, missionary or carpenter, the "greatness" is not in the profession, but how we use the profession to affect this world. I have been challenged to do the very best I can to raise men that look beyond themselves. Men that are used of God to do His work.
This causes me to raise my bar of expectations just a little higher. No longer do I simply want my children to get a job, be a faithful citizen, be a good father (though these are aspects of their character that I do want to develop), but I want them to be faithful to the calling God has placed on their life. As I read Eph.2:10 and consider that text for my sons in ten years or so, it encourages me to be diligent with every moment they're under my care. I am a part of enabling them to "do the good deeds God has prepared" for them. By teaching them various aspects of "living", I will ultimately help equip them for God's work as they choose to follow Him.
And this leaves me at the feet of God, begging for wisdom for today. It's an "important" day. Part of God's design needs to be accomplished. Oh how I dare not squander my time. And yet, I can rest in the power of the Holy Spirit to work in spite of me. What a wonder that God uses us to do His work. What a wonder, what a privilege, what a responsibility. All the best, my fellow mothers as you raise the next generation to do the work of Almighty God.