Around the world, she goes by many endearing names.
But, as popular as she may be at every sporting event where there’s a TV camera, “HI MOM!” she is a menace in other realms. Remember the context of Ephesians 6 ” . . . we wrestle not against flesh and blood . . . against principalities . . . powers . . . against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places” ?
It’s the realm of the ‘prince of the power of the air’.
There her name is well known.
There her name is, “Enemy”.
She carries a lot on her little shoulders . . . and sometimes she gets worn down. Which should be expected because just about everything in this world is pulling against everything she stands for and is trying to do.
Where, for instance, will you find ‘the prince’s’ culture telling her that being a faithful, godly mom is of infinitely more importance than any number of careers?
Will you hear that in K – 12? Not a chance.
Will you hear it in college? No.
Will you hear it in post-graduate studies? Never.
Why is that? Why is the single, most important role in the stable building of any society ignored (at best) and often denigrated as the least important of the ways a woman can spend her life . . . in the very institutions that purport to be building society?
“You matter, MOM!”
You matter, MOM! Motherhood matters! It’s one of the most demanding, challenging, difficult, draining (and rewarding) jobs that exist. You’re doing world-changing, life enhancing, culture building, destiny directing work. Don’t let any voice, wherever it may come from, tell you otherwise.
Now, if you have a career, good for you, but careers don’t change the world, disciplers do – the people who teach others by word and example what is right and how to live . . . like Jesus, and like Mom.
This is why a godly mother makes Jesus happy – she’s doing what He said to do, “ . . . go and make disciples.” Remember the Great Commission?
Are you a godly, faithful mom? Then you are fulfilling the great commission every day. Your faithfulness with the disciples God entrusted to you is world-changing. It’s exactly what Jesus did and calls others to do.
Today, Lisa is worn down – tired out – and let’s face it . . . a little (a lot) discouraged.
When you’re in a war, one of the best strategies is to make sure your enemy never rests. And, make no mistake, Mom, you are the enemy . . . of Satan. He is at war with everything you stand for. The last thing he can countenance is a godly mom being faithful in the everyday spiritual endeavor of discipling a godly generation.
So, today, I thought I’d share with her, and with you . . . . . . . . . . .
Ten Reasons Mom is (You Are) a “10”
1) You Are a Giver: You love your children more than you love yourself.
2) You Are a Good Example: You are a godly mom who teaches our children by how you live.
3) You Are a Good Encourager: Whenever the kids need a word to lift them up, there you are, filling their hearts with truth and love.
4) You Are a Good Homemaker: Is there a speck of dust here and there? Sure, but being a good homemaker is about far more than a little dust in the corner. It’s about creating a loving, safe, peaceful environment . . . like our home.
5) You Are a Good Disciplinarian: Our children know they are loved because you will not tolerate sinful behavior.
6) You Are a Good Manager and a Hard Worker: For years, we’ve always had good, nutritious food to eat, and the house is run with foresight.
7) You Are a Fun Person: We all love being around you because you’re a lot of fun.
8) You Are a Strong Defender: The world is filled with “Christian” smiles that hide daggers in the heart. You are a ready defender of your children from such destructive ungodliness.
9) You Are a Lover of Jesus: Your commitment to your Lord is known to all and, that’s an awesome testimony.
10) You Are a Faithful Lover: You’ve given your children the best gift a mom can bestow – faithfully loving your husband in front of them. It’s no accident they are secure.
So, thanks for being an awesome mom! I hope you breathe all of this in and know you are loved by your Heavenly Father, that He is deeply pleased by the life you live, and that He is especially pleased that you are part of turning the world upside down, one disciple at a time.
Matt Jacobson is a biblical marriage coach and founder of FaithfulMan.com a biblical marriage, parenting, and discipleship ministry providing written and audio teaching, as well as couples marriage coaching. He is the co-host (with his wife, Lisa) of Faithful Life Podcast and is author of the bestseller, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. Matt is pastor of Tumalo Bible Fellowship and is married to Lisa, founder of Club31Women.com (they have 8 kids!).