"Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you..."

I think the part that stands out most to me in this quote is,

"...and their souls, the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands."

It's so true.

It's something I've been thinking about a lot recently. Click here to

As parents, we have one of the biggest jobs in the entire world -- if not the biggest. We're their first teacher, their first support system, their first taste of love, their first heartache, their first everything. Everything your child learns comes from you teaching them, even if not directly. It comes from what we allow them to do, say, feel, and think.

When I was a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to graduate high school, get married and have children. But I also had a huge heart for missions. I longed to take some time after high school to go on a missions trip. And just go. Not plan it. Not prepare for it. Just go. Of course, now I know that it was a crazy idea and that the best way to go about missions was to seek Gods face and heart, and to know what His will was for me so that I could be protected in all situations.

I never got to do that. I never got to "go".

I get excited for people who are missionaries or who want to be missionaries. Or just people who take one missions trip. I can't wait to hear their testimonies and experiences. I swear it's like I live in a deserted country myself and I just can't wait for the next visitor to arrive. You'd think I would be going crazy here....

But my heart is content. My mind is content.

You see, I had a revelation the other night while sitting in my small little women's bible study during the viewing of the first disc in our Francis Chan's BASIC series study.

I am a missionary.

My missions field isn't in a desert or an old town in Thailand that's falling apart. My missions field isn't full of lepers or war lords. I'm not fighting for my life, wondering if at any moment my life might be taken by another because of my beliefs.

No, you see, my missions field is in a little house in the country, with wood floors that have muddy dog prints on them. My missions field is wiping runny noses and kissing boo-boo's. My missions field is teaching my son about his favorite Bible character, King David, and helping him apply that very same character to his daily life  My missions field is protecting little ears from the corrupted media, government, and communities. My missions field is fighting for his right, and showing him how to be bold in his belief, yet humble. My missions field isn't about teaching 30 children about the love of Christ, it's about teaching my child about the love of Christ.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 KJV

"I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also."
2 Timothy 1:5 NIV


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These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NIV

Honestly, it's a daily struggle. You would think it to be easy, teaching your child in your own home. But how often do we snap. How often do we say words we don't mean to say or do things we know we shouldn't do....right in front of them. How often do we teach the words, but not live them and show ourselves as an example.

Children are one of the greatest gifts God can give to us, but also one of the greatest responsibilities. We hold their souls in our hands and we are responsible to teach them, nurture them, build them up, support them, and love them unconditionally. We are entrusted to be their personal missionary -- their leader, their defender, their constant. When they are born, they have no concept of who God is. They have no concept that there is something greater, at least, nothing greater than mommy and daddy. It is our responsibility to show them what living a life of Christ is, not just talk about it.

So put down the remote. Put down the computer. Put down the dish rag. And spend some quality and quantity time with your little's today and every day. No good missionary ever says "oh, I'll have more time tomorrow to teach them and spend time with them, today I'm going to focus on emails and work, and I'll probably get side tracked with facebook or pinterest". There's certainly a time for that, but are you spending too much time on it? Are you impacting your child in a positive way, in the proper way? Are you holding their soul, or pushing it to the side until you're ready to pick it back up?

It's time for me to start embracing my calling and role -- through God's grace and strength, I know I can do this. I'm a missionary, and I love this life God has placed me in!

After all, they won't remember how much money I spent on them, the video games I might buy, the toys I might shower them with, how many long hours I put into work to pay the bills. What they'll remember is what they were taught, how I made them feel, and how much I love them. And oh, how I love him.

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