Do you find yourself saying the same things over and over to your children? My oldest son wears glasses, but only at his leisure so I am constantly asking, ‘Why do I have to keep telling you to put your glasses on?’ My younger son is infamous for missing the trash can, the laundry hamper, and on the rare occasion, his mouth. So to him, I am constantly saying, ‘Why do I have to keep telling you to pick stuff up?’ Both of them are NOTORIOUS for leaving the water running in the bathroom, either before they get in for a shower, or waiting for several minutes to start brushing their teeth while the water is on. Therefore, it is a daily occurrence for me to yell, ‘How many times do I have to tell you that I pay for water?!?!’ And, of course the never-ending question is ‘Why do I have to tell you to do the same thing or not to do the same things over and over again?’
The other day, immediately after asking this question, I heard God say to me: ‘That’s the same thing I keep asking YOU!’ I was floored! Who? Me? Really? Yes, REALLY! God is asking me why I have to constantly be reminded that a little gossip is gossip nonetheless and not a character trait that He would have me display. God is asking me why I think its ok to tell a ‘little’ lie here or there in an uncomfortable situation, or to make someone feel better. It’s not! Oh, and the list goes on.
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. (1 Peter 1:14-15 NIV)
I hear people saying all of the time, ‘If you know better you do better’. I had to seriously ponder this statement. Do I do better with all that I know? Apparently not. If I am not doing what I KNOW I should be doing, how can I expect my children to? Our children are a reflection of us in so many ways. Now, I am not saying that I leave garbage on the floor, and Lord knows that if I didn’t wear my glasses, I would have made the news long ago, but God is calling me to be as obedient as I would have my children be.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. (John 15:10 NIV)
Just as I am constantly telling my children, God is also telling me, YOU KNOW BETTER!
Thank You for entrusting me to raise the children that you blessed me with. I pray that You will strengthen me with a spirit of discernment that I might recognize behaviors that are not pleasing to You, without the need for constant reminders. I pray that the desire to be the woman You created me to be will become apparent through life that I lead, and that my children will be a reflection of all things pleasing to You. In Jesus’ Name Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to live your life as if you know better! As a mother, daughter, sister, friend, AND follower of Christ, He has called us to be an example to those around us, and there is no better time to start than today. Today we know better and we will do better!
Ms. Tiffany Huff is the devoted mother of two boys, a blogger, lover of food and travel, and aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for helping others live out their purposes. She is looking forward to growing in her walk and honoring God through sharing her EmpowerMoments. One of her meditation scriptures is Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”