Friday, January 24, 2014

Get In Line

I don’t know what you do all day, but two days a week I spend my day with eight of my best 19 - 26 month old friends. Now of course LOVE my job but when you work with toddlers there are some things you say like a broken record. For me one of those things is “get in line.” Now of course with toddlers it just means a simple stand one behind the other, but I got to thinking the other day that there is an area in my own life where I should put this into practice in a much more metaphorical way.

So often in my own life I pray for God to bless and direct my family and I know I’m probably not the only one. You see the other day it occurred to me that God had given me some very clear direction for my family that I was not yet following, at least not with my whole heart.

Throughout scripture God gives a very clear order for the family. God, husband, wife, and kids; this is the simple line that God calls us to get in. So I had to ask myself, am I in line? So often the answer is no. I will say with my mouth that my husband is the head of our house but when it comes down to it, I really enjoy making decisions and arguing my point until he caves. Anybody else? If you are like me and find yourself taking the reins all too often, let me share with you some of the simple steps God has been sharing with me on how to get in line.

1)      Pray for your husband: pray for your husband that God would lead and direct him to the right decisions for your family

2)      Follow his advice: when you’ve prayed for God to lead your husband, and then you ask his opinion, take it. This seems simple but so often we ask everyone’s opinion and then we pick whatever we were going to do in the first place. If we want to get in line, as God’s Word says, we need to follow our husbands in the little things as well as the big.

3)      Support him in front of the kids: this could be the most important. If our kids don’t see us in line it will be next to impossible for us to ever expect them to get in line.

These seem simple, but for me they are much easier said than done. I am working on this in my own heart and life every day and I hope you will join me. Want to be mom enough to raise Christian kids? Get in line.

“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife[a] is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.” 1st Corinthians 11:3 ESV