Paul said, “I run straight toward the goal, so I can win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
As a wife and mom, we have a reason to run. We have a goal that we’re running towards, and there’s a prize to be won.
A few years ago, I was preparing for a half marathon. I had been training and had long practice runs scheduled every Saturday.
One morning, I got dressed, tied my running shoes, and prepared to face an 8 mile run. Instead, I opened the door to find a gusty, windy day.
I started the run pretty well, but the wind was blowing right towards me. Every step was an effort and I wasn’t running nearly as fast as I normally could (which, to be honest still isn’t very fast)!
I was working harder with less to show for it.
I turned right at a corner, hoping that the change of direction would lessen the difficulty of the run, but now, the wind was hitting at my knees and my ankles, sometimes making my legs sway to the right.
It was tough! I found myself making a stronger effort mentally just to just to put one foot in front of the other.
I felt like giving up, I really did.
I was about 3 1/2 miles into the run, and I still had more than half of my run to go. And I was ready to give up.
Then something amazing happened.
I turned to the right again and the now the wind was at my back. It was strong enough to propel every step I took. My strides got longer, the distance got easier, and I started running with a smile on my face.
This may not seem to have anything to do with being a wife and mom, but I think it has everything to do with us.
Your children are walking through this world, and it’s windy, there are pressures coming at a kid from every angle.
They have to deal with regular pressures of being a kid, and then they have to worry about social media, junk on television, cyber bullying, and comparison to top it all off. It’s like they’re running straight into the wind.
BUT…when we saturate our children’s lives in prayer, when we take them to church, and teach them the Word of God at home, we are redirecting the wind to blow at their back.
When I was running with the wind at my back, I still had to be the one to make the effort. I still had to put one foot in front of the other.
Running was still work, but I had something working with me instead of against me.
That is what the prayers of others have done for me. My mom, even my grandmothers, have saturated my life in prayer, and my children’s lives in prayer.
My story isn’t just my own, it’s wrapped up in the prayers of my mom, my nana, my grandma, and even earlier generations of women who saturated their children in prayer.
My story is part of my their legacy. And I bet if you look at your history, you will see that your story is part of the legacy of others who have prayed for you.
Now it’s time to pay it forward.
Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seating at the right hand of the throne of God.”
You’re not “just” mothering; you are running a race before many witnesses, and those witnesses are your children and future grandchildren.
You’re not just raising good kids; you’re living out your faith.
You’re not mothering alone; you are looking to Jesus.
And He doesn’t require that we be like someone else’s mother, or someone else’s daughter. What He does require of us to be the person that He made us.
He requires us to use our time to honor him, and He is pleased when we pass on a legacy for our children and our children’s children.
Maybe you have a legacy handed down to you like the one I shared with you today. Thank God for it! But if you don’t, then I challenge you to be the first to start the legacy in your family.
Let it begin with you! Be the mom, the grandma that future generations will talk about. Start leaving a legacy today. Remember, that’s the reason we run.
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