By Heather Kenny
I lead people. It’s what I do!
I have the privilege of leading a team of volunteers in the children’s ministry where I am on staff. Every week I invest time, energy, and sometimes blood, sweat and tears into my team. I want them to thrive in the knowledge that they have a potential inside of them that God desires to use in ways that will absolutely blow their mind.
At the end of the day I leave with the hope that one person has been inspired to reach their potential. And when I get home, I find myself shifting to “Mom” mode (my boys are older now, so “Mommy” mode doesn’t cut it… )
I check to make sure they’ve eaten at least one item that grew out of the ground (the chips you found under the couch don’t count!).
I check and recheck book bags and teachers’ websites to make sure homework has been understood.
I check the levels of dirty clothes piling out of hampers and remind the boys they’re responsible for washing their own stinky, nasty clothes.
Somehow, when I shift to “Mom” mode, I forget that God has called me to lead my boys, too– not just the volunteers He has placed in my path.
Leading isn’t micro-managing how my kids spend their time; avoiding situations where they (or I) might be embarrassed by their behavior; or even teaching them life skills.
Leading is focusing on the vision that God has placed in me.
Father, may my boys learn and grow in a way that constantly leads them back to You and your love for them.
Leading is about listening, not speaking.
Father, I can’t hear what my boys are trying to say through their words, actions, and attitudes if I am too busy telling them what to do and how to live.
Leading is admitting I don’t have all the answers, but not giving up searching for them.
Father, while I fail daily in one area of parenting or another, there is no excuse for avoiding growth. Remind me to constantly ask others who love Jesus and love me for help, seek Your word, and resolve not to stay the same.
Leading is only done by example.
Father, we say people lead with their words, but in reality, they lead more with their lives. Remind me that I lead my boys when I tiptoe into their rooms after a disagreement and quietly ask for their forgiveness. Remind me that I lead when I extend grace to my husband when he forgets an obligation. Remind me that I lead when I find joy in the everyday stuff that makes up life.
Motherhood is leadership.
That may be as overwhelming to you as it sometimes is to me.
If it is, cling to the promise in 2 Peter 1:3 that tells us, “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.”
The godly life He has equipped us for is the same life that will lead our children to a greater understanding of our Heavenly Father. What vision has God given you for your children? Let’s be intentional to lead our children with vision God has given us, through the power of Christ in us.
Word of the Day:
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.” 2 Peter 1:3
Father, I’m overwhelmed and in awe of the fact that you chose me to be the mother of my children. Today I choose to stop focusing on what I lack as a mother and instead focus on all you have given me. I want to lead my children in a way that honors You and leads my children to a deeper understanding of You. Thank you, Father, for what you are going to do in and through my children. Amen.
You can follow Heather Kenny at her leadership blog: www.leadingfromthedeepend.com