Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like all you’ve managed to accomplish is to wipe up spills, shuttle your darlings (yes they are even if they’re rubbing sticky fingers on the van windows) from one appointment to another, and keep everyone in clean clothes for yet another day? If so, then you can relate to where I am right now.
It’s days like today that I remind myself to shift my eyes from the tiresome routine to peek down the corridor of life and see my children ten years from now, twenty… so that I don’t collapse under the burden of the mundane. It’s this vision that keeps me focused and gives me the courage and the energy to get up and start all over tomorrow.
How about you? What is it you want for your children when they are raising children of their own—your grandchildren? What does God want for them? He assures us in Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) that “we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Did you catch that? The God who created the universe created you and me with a plan “long ago”. This means He already has the end in mind—the vision—and He does so for our children also. More amazing is that He wants to share that vision with us and give us the privilege of joining Him in shaping our children into all He has envisioned them to be. Wow!
Why not ask Him today what He has in store for your family and then move through each day hereafter with that in mind? It will change your life and your attitude. You see, with vision you trade the monotonous for the monumental. You realize you’re doing more than raising children; you’re training the next generation. You’re doing more than keeping peace between siblings; you’re equipping future husbands and wives.
Vision will bring purpose to all you do because you realize you matter. No one can replace you—no teacher, no pastor, no leader. Parenting with purpose means that every day-by-day, minute-by-minute activity counts. Wiping a snotty nose or a sweaty brow for the umpteenth time is no longer a chore but one more opportunity to demonstrate kindness and compassion. That matters my friends.
So, all my worn out mama friends, I’d like to encourage you to ask God today to give you a fresh vision for all He has for you and your family and then purpose each day to make that vision a reality. I pray that you have a wonderful, purpose-filled, visionary day—not in spite of the never-ending work and tireless battles, but because of them. It all counts and more importantly so do you!