Twenty-four years yesterday I held in my arms for the first time one of my greatest blessings from God, our second child Jerad. From the terrible twos which seemed to last a couple years to the tenderhearted preteen to the hard-headed teenager to the ‘I know everything because I’m a college student’ to the young adult who just may be beginning to see that Mom and Dad know more than he thought we did, this journey has been quite the ride as I have laughed, cried, and loved! Motherhood is without a doubt the toughest thing I have ever taken on but also a role that has brought extreme joy to my life.
After reading in 1 Kings, I stopped to reflect about family roles and the influence we have on each other. I am a better mother now because of my husband Gary. He has helped me see things from different perspectives, pushed & prodded, helped me to stand strong when needed, and flat out told me when I was wrong. This partnership we have goes both ways and I’ve tried to reciprocate the help and follow the wise proverb of Solomon-
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Opening the Word, I find strength, wisdom, and direction. I also find men and women to emulate as well as those who I want to be opposite of. Today I read of a wife exactly opposite of the kind of woman I want to be. Her influence was summed up in just a few words-
“There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife.” 1 Kings 21:25
As a woman, I take on a number of roles- wife, mother, friend, teacher, sister, and daughter. In each role I have an influence on those around me. The question is whether I take on Jezebel’s role to urge or push people in the direction of evil or if I urge those around me on to become better people.
Friends stopping by to read this post, the same question goes out to each of you. We all play many roles in the lives of others. We all have influence. We all have a choice to make in the direction we urge others in… what will it be? Will we be the light of God in the lives of others? Will we be the salt? Will we show people Jesus? Will we urge them to follow God through our actions & words?