Can you believe it’s October already? I was still talking myself into September with every day that the mercury spiked over 90 degrees, and here we are, forging into fall! It seems like here on campus as well as in our own home, we are settling in a bit more. Homework is taking on a steadier pace, our internal alarm clocks are (sort of) getting used to this school schedule and I can almost remember who needs to be where for what sport on whichever day without the calendar…almost!
Somewhere in the midst of all the carpooling, crock potting, driving through and getting homework done in the car on game days, I actually found a half an hour to pull some weeds in my yard. (Don’t feel bad, I think it was the first time I managed to do it in a month!) It seemed like a good time to listen to a podcast and get some Biblical input so I weeded in the dark while I listened to “How to Raise and Alien Child” by Jen Wilkin. Some of you are probably thinking, “why would I WANT to know how to raise an alien when some days I feel like I already HAVE one?!” But this podcast was based on 1 Peter 2:11-12, an encouragement to us as sojourners and exiles to live for the purpose of glorifying God in a foreign place.
It was such a breath of fresh air and also convicting for me as a mom, wife, teacher and vice principal to be exhorted and encouraged about my perspective! We can so quickly get distracted by these good things- routines, sports, music, fill in the blank- that they become the point of all that we do, instead of raising kids who understand that believers are not meant to fade into the background of the world. I began to ask myself, do I have time for conversations with my kids about the Lord and their lives, do I leave enough space in the day (and my mind!) for them to gather up the courage to talk with me about something hard that is happening with their friends, am I intentional about creating space for real life interactions and relationship building that will allow me to speak into their lives about more spiritual matters? Is that more important to me or is getting to the next thing always the priority? Do we even really need the “next thing”?
My prayer for all of us is that we are able to pause this month, take a breath and spend time in God’s word and in prayer. Let’s ask Him for clear perspective- even with holidays on the horizon- to put His kingdom first, to model that for our kids and teach them how to do that, even though we are still learning to do it better. I pray for sweet moments reading, playing games, laughing, talking and praying together with your kiddos and mine too. Treasure these opportunities to pour God’s truth into our kids and train them up to trust and follow Christ even when it means we don’t quite fit in with what the world around us will tell us is “normal”. Together, let’s encourage each other and our children to value glorifying God in all that we do- and don’t do- above all other things.
Resting in Him, Wendy Cunningham