I decided I want to share with you some facts about me that I need you to know. Some thoughts that I have had that might help you understand where I am coming from just a little better as I try to be a godly mother for you. I’m not looking for you to “rise up and call [me] blessed” (Prov. 31:28), I just have some thoughts that I need you to know.
I need you to know that I don’t want you to be like me. I am SO not perfect and I know that! I’m not trying to mold you to be like me AT ALL. (Though some of your characteristics are genetic and I’m not sure how we change that.) I want you to be like Jesus!!! You can imitate me ONLY when I am acting like Him (1 Corinthians 11:1). I want you to be able to look in the mirror talked about in James 1:23-24 and see Jesus. When you see your flaws, don’t be like the natural man, or like me, and just turn around and think you can fix that another day. But be the girl who looks intently, as mentioned in verse 25, and let it have an effect on who you are and what others see in you. When I talk to you about your friends, your language, your dress, etc, it’s because I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to be like Jesus!
I need you to know that I pray that you don’t have my attitude. I pray that you have the attitude of Jesus (Philippians 2:3-5). An attitude where it is NEVER about you! An attitude that continually focuses on others and their needs. An attitude that reflects an open heart (1 John 3:17-18).
I need you to know that I want your life to be better than mine ever was. I’m not talking about material possessions at all. I’m not talking about any type of physical labor either. I want your life to be full of service. I want your life to be full of love from the church and for the church. I want your life to be a life that reflects CONTINUALLY your love for the Lord! I made mistakes and I’m not naïve enough to think that you won’t make any, but that’s what I want for you: a life of no regrets. I don’t want you to ever look back (Luke 9:62). I want that for you so that your life is full of blessings and full of the peace that comes from staying close to the Lord (John 14:27).
I need you to know that I love you! I know you are thinking, “I know, Mom!” But I need you to know how much I love you. I love you SO MUCH that I want to spend eternity with you in Heaven. I love you SO MUCH that I would do anything to keep you from Satan. When you see me as nagging you about your behavior or you just hear me telling you over and over again that you need to pay more attention to your clothing it’s because I WILL NOT allow you to be a stumbling block or have that millstone around your neck (Matthew 18:6-7). I see myself in armor, throwing myself between you and the devil. I see myself as the lion tamer, forcing the lion away from you until you are strong enough to fight him yourself (1 Peter 5:8-9). He can’t have you, any of you! I love you too much to allow that!
I need you to know that God, through Peter, said it better than I ever will in 2 Peter 1:10-15. My beloved daughter, “be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you. Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. And I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthy dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent.”
Love you with all my heart,