Friday, August 18, 2006

My Lifetime Goal

More than anything I want my children to love Him and genuinely serve Him. I am not interested in squeezing them into some cookie cutter Christian mold. Imposing a culture/lifestyle will not satisfy. Knowing that they will go to church and teach in Sunday school, saying the right words and lifting their hands in song is not the goal. I want them to know and love Him with absolute devotion and passion. That's all...

I've been reading Andrew Murray's book Raising Your Children For Christ (one of the perks of beach time) -- it's good to get a fresh glimpse at the goal for the upcoming year. Oh, I know. There are many goals. But raising my children for Christ is on the top of the list. It is my calling and responsibility -- and my greatest privilege. Every one of them is a treasure that He has created for His own pleasure. He delights in them! No wonder I delight in them, too!

So hopefully today I will read some more. Then you will probably be hearing some more. It seems to me we can never get too much encouragement along these lines. What an important task! And how easily we lose sight of the goal. He is so faithful to remind us. It really all comes down to Him, doesn't it? Always.

One more day and then we head home. It's been fun!

3 Comments:

Blogger sam said...

Care to share the book when you're done? :)

8:12 AM  
Blogger kathleen said...

I love Andrew Murray. I frequently read alot of articles written by him in a periodical I get. I think I'd like that book..

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Never heard of this author. Love to get my hands on this book, though. Darlene, I have been doing so wonedrfully, at least up until these past few days. I'm just so very tired. My mind, heart, and body- they're all tired. I guess the worst part is in this, I lack motivation. This is rare for me and I can't shake it. Eric has been just sitting by looking at me. This, too, is rare. He always has something to say. He always helps. He always interjects a wise tidbit like, "You're not being thankful." OR "You need rest." OR "I'll be praying for you, Lis." This time he just sits by watching because (like me) he isn't quite sure what 'this' is. At first I thought it bizarre. Now it's just plain scaring me. I haven't grocery shopped in two weeks. Not only have I forgotten how to make a list and shop~ I can't think of one dish I can make. What is wrong with me? There are so many children and they're all so little. Right at that age of needing lots of training and care. This is so different from the season you're in now, but flash back if you would. What can I do?

6:17 AM  

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