I desire to grow closer to God.
To be a better believer, wife, mom and friend.
I try to look for people I can meet with and be challenged by or whom I can pick their brain about spiritual or parenting questions I have. I didn’t have to go very far today, God slammed me with the apostle Paul. I was reading in Philippians 4 and was reminded of a treasured verse I love:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” verses 8-9 NIV
Normally, probably like you, I would have been reminded to think on things that are pure, right, noble etc. But what might become another treasured verse is the one right after these encouraging verses. The verse that struck me today was a part in verse 9 (in bold). Read it again.
I think I have often read it too quickly or simply skimmed right over this small little sentence in verse 9. Paul, in verse 8, was challenging the Philippians to think about Godly: things that are true, noble, pure, right, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. One reason why was to be blessed by God’s peace. But what struck me today and what God wanted me to sit on in verse 9 was so that I can be an example to those that are around me (eh hum: my children)! Not only that but I am responsible now…I am responsible for what I know and I NEED to put it into practice.
“…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks….” Matthew 12:34 and Luke 6:45 NIV. What am I thinking about daily? Because what I am thinking about and meditating on is going to come out of my mouth. Paul encouraged the Philippians in this way so that they would do like he did. Not that Paul was perfect, he would be the first to admit that he was an unworthy servant. But he strives to be more like Christ in all he did. In ALL areas of his life. God’s challenge to me? ALL areas of my life….when 4pm hour rolls around and the kiddos are like piranhas: hungry, tired, whiny, crazy-you know that time of day.
There is no doubt about the fact that we show who we truly are behind closed doors. We show who we are to our spouse.
We show who we are to our children.
And if you are like me sometimes we aren’t the same person at home as we are when we walk through other doors of our life. And knowing this, in his ever so gentle manner, God wanted to challenge me by looking to Paul’s example.
I asked myself:
Was I a believer, a wife, a mom, a friend that is worth looking up to?
A believer such that others can learn?
A wife that can give unconditionally to my husband and my children so they could receive?
Am I a mom that speaks so that my husband is lifted up, respected, and encouraged? Are my children hearing about the things of God?
Am I a Godly friend so that someone can know I am a believer by seeing me or watching me?
Am I being a Godly example so others can put into practice what I am teaching, giving, speaking, and doing? Paul was.
I hope you are spurred on today by Paul, a great example of a regular guy who wanted to love and follow Jesus in ALL areas of his life.