“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
As I go through life I can’t help but wonder what others see when they look at me. Do they just see a role model? Do they see a wife and mom? Do they see a Christian? As all those aspects are ideal and who I am, I have never taken a step back to look and see who exactly was looking at me. In reality we will never know who all has viewed our lifestyle from the outside but wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just visualize the impact we could make others?
My morning routine usually starts with kissing my husband off to work and getting around while the little one is still snoozing. I like to fix a cup of coffee, grab my Bible and have my study time. While it’s ideal to have a quiet, uninterrupted study, it doesn’t always happen that way. If you are a mom you understand where I am coming from. One morning as I had just fixed my coffee and unzipped my Bible cover I heard little footsteps running through the hall towards me accompanied by the cutest little giggle. My son loves books. So when I try to study God’s word around him he likes to play with the pages and he winds up tearing them or highlighting the table, curtains whatever is in reach. Knowing this, I decided I would see how long he would allow me to read before he interrupted me. With blanket and nuk (pacifier) in hand, he climbed up on the couch, sat down and just watched. My son sat there for 20-25 minutes and just studied me studying. That’s a pretty impressive “quite time” for a one year old.
Overwhelmed with emotions, I couldn’t help but thank God for the blessings that have been bestowed upon our family. In that very moment, as if studying God’s word couldn’t be anymore important, I realized what exactly God has put in my life along with what my purpose is in this world.
I have a shadow. Kash will grow up in our home and eventually develop his own lifestyle. He will adapt from the one we raise him in and will carry some of that lifestyle over into his own. There’s no greater feeling in this world than looking at your child and being able to say “We raised him right.”
It is so important to realize who you have as your shadow. You may not even know who that is at this time but make sure you are the best role model you can be. At one point in all of our lives, we were someone’s shadow ourselves. It may have been your mom, dad, grandma or grandpa but it’s not always family. Matthew McConaughey once said (when he won an Oscar for best actor) that his hero was himself. I have to admit, when I heard him say that I thought ‘conceded much?’ But then he kept speaking and I kept listening. He said everyday, every month, every year his hero was always 10 years ahead of him. It will always give him a role model to “chase”. You can’t break a woman who seeks her happiness in God. Make Him your foundation of the lifestyle you live. Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6