As a busy mom, finding time to get alone with my Bible can be difficult. There are distractions everywhere: laundry piled up here, dishes beckoning me from the sink over there, and the noise of the kids trickling through every room in the house. However, one thing I do is to make it a point to pray as soon as I am alone with the Lord in the morning, which is usually while getting ready for the day. I try to pray through scripture because it helps me to meditate on verses I already know and is more than just “asking” for things to be done.
One of the verses I pray through each day is Ephesians 4:1-3
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
What exactly is that calling Paul refers to in the verse above? The verse is speaking to brothers and sisters in Christ, that we walk (act) in a way that pleases Jesus and honors His sacrifice on the cross. But it goes deeper than that, I think. I personalized it even more to mean my calling as a wife, and of course as a mother. Am I treating my husband and children in ways that please Christ? Am I really living up to being a godly wife and mom? There are women out there who were not called to be wives and mothers. Am I cherishing my roles as I should? Ashamedly, not all the time! What about my calling as a daughter, friend, sister, and neighbor? Am I doing my best to fulfill those roles in a Christ-like way? Again, I fall short.
I sat down and wrote out a list of things that I could do/change to truly walk worthy of my calling. The first thing was to “put off” my desires and “put on” the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-24). While I also pray those verses each day, it is very easy for me to live in the flesh and not rely on the Lord’s strength for patience, endurance, gentleness, etc, particularly at the end of the day when I am tired and ready for a break from the kids. But, as I often tell my kids, doing the right thing isn’t always easy…
Share with me- how are YOU doing in your walk? In what roles are you struggling? In what ways are you excelling? What tips or advice can you give to others who may be struggling?