Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pass It On

We pass on lots of things as mothers. Genetic material, mannerisms, attitudes and values and also our attitude towards God – our faith. Some of what we pass on is unintentional but passing on our faith needs to be one of the most intentional things we do as mothers.

I asked Hannah what a mother was for and she said

For taking us to school
Making food
Looking after us when we are sick
Doing my hair up

(when I asked is there anything else she said, "yeah, making breakfast, making lunch, making morning tea")
With a little bit more prompting she added

Loving us
Teaching us stuff
Helping us to be good

God has given us, through His Holy Spirit working in us

The ability to influence others
The ability to love unconditionally and
The ability to be self disciplined.

As Hannah put it - “to teach us stuff, to love us, and to help us be good”

And that is not just for us, it is for us to pass on to others. Wanna know how to do that? With Relationship, Relevance and Reality.

RELATIONSHIP - Eagerly seek to discover, embrace and pursue a deepening intimacy with God
RELEVANCE - Have an active visible connection between belief and everyday living
REALITY - Use your gifts to serve God, the church and the wider community

There is so much more to say there, but Ill leave you with that for the moment. Its 5am and I have already been up for 3 hours. I guess thats the 'looking after us when we are sick' part. Today Josh has his second ear operation. Not major, but major for us, you know? He has had an ear infection behind his ear drum since January. This is the next step in trying to help it to heal. And all we can do is leave it in the hands of the One who thought to use the tiniest bone in the body to give one of the greatest gifts of all - hearing.

And Speaking of gifts... you should definitely go visit these two blogging sisters who are giving US presents for THEIR blogaversaries!

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Rena Gunther said...

Donna, such beautiful insight as always.

I love your posts. I love leaving here feeling as though I have soul searching to do.

You are such a blessing!

Thank you for the shout-outs!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Thanks for listing our parties and for passing on His love as you so mentioned.