Monday, December 28, 2009

Convicting, But True!

Pay Attention

2009 at 11:32 am | by Carolyn Mahaney

Mothers are responsible to mold and shape lives; to raise children who, in the words of G.K. Chesterton, “require not so much to be taught anything as everything.”

“I might as well be at the controls of a moon shot,” reflected one mom, “the mission is so grave and vast.” And so it is. The training and discipline of our children in the fear the Lord is an awesome task, demanding of our full attention (see Deut 6:5-9).

That’s why, if there’s one concern I have for this generation of mothers, it is the potential for distraction.

Blogs, facebook, twitter and texting allow moms at home to stay connected with the outside world like never before; the Internet makes it possible for women to contribute skills and gifts to the church and the marketplace, while at home with their children. These are all tremendous blessings, and when used wisely, can bless and serve our families and glorify God.

The Proverbs 31 women, long before the Internet, managed a wide range of tasks for the good of her family and community. (But did you notice what time she woke up each morning?) Depending on a woman’s capacity, gifting, personal discipline, as well as the ages and number of children, there may certainly be room for other things.

But we must be watchful that these “other things” don’t distract us from our primary task of mothering. We must walk carefully through this season, with all its opportunities, and make the best use of our time with our children.

Truth is, we can’t effectively train our children on the side. We can’t discipline them here and there. We can’t teach when we’ve got a free moment. We can’t mother intermittently.

Inconsistent training is ineffective training.

If we are distracted by projects or pleasure, we may miss valuable teaching moments, opportunities to encourage, disobedience that requires discipline, or a chance to show affection. These moments, once lost, are gone forever.

So ladies, may I encourage you, as I do my own daughters, to give training and discipline your first and full attention. Walk carefully, and keep your eyes on the mothering road.

More thoughts tomorrow.

(from GirlTalk)


thecouponproject said...

This is well written and very true! As a SAHM mom who blogs and writes, I have to remind myself that I do these things so that I can stay home - not the other way around. I've learned to do bits and pieces throughout the day, but the bulk of my work happens once those kids are in bed.

It is amazing how fast the time goes - and it does take conscious effort to set down the laptop, let the laundry wait a minute and hug those little ones and remember what our first calling is as moms.

Thanks for the thought.

Amanda Hug'n Kiss said...

YES, oh my I have been thinking about this sooo much lately. On one hand the internet has for the first time provided many of us stay at home moms with a connection we need to other mothers and to the outside world.
BUT it is a huge distraction. There is no doubt the time I spend doing these things could be "better" spent (or at least my house would be cleaner)

Angela Miller said...

This is a great reminder (and conviction). It is so easy to get distracted from our main priority at SAHM. I have been thinking about this a lot lately, especially as I ready ourselves for homeschooling in the fall.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Wonderful reminder and a great conviction!


Anonymous said...

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