One of the wonderful things in this life, is that no matter what season we embark on, there is always a person we can model or pattern our life after.
As I am about to embark this Fall on the “Empty Nest” season, my mind returns regularly to the start of my motherhood journey.
There were several moms I observed and thought, “I want to be that kind of mom”. I would study her closely, ask questions when possible and prayed God would give me the grace to be that kind of mom.
The awesome news is, God wants us all to be examples… to model to those who are observing our lives.
And we all have a choice…. Will we be a godly example to be imitated or the example that women want to avoid?
I remember back in high school, college and as a young married woman starting off in ministry, the verse that inspired me and fueled my passion was 1 Timothy 4:12,
Don’t let anyone look down on you for being young. Instead, make your speech, behavior, love, faith, and purity an example for other believers.
It doesn’t matter the season of life, there is always someone coming behind us…watching…asking….Do I want what she’s got?
Through 25 years of marriage and raising 3 awesome daughters (which is motivation in itself – to be a pattern for their lives), Titus 2 has always sounded the challenge to step up.
Tell older women to live their lives in a way that shows they are dedicated to God. Tell them not to be gossips or addicted to alcohol, but to be examples of virtue. In this way they will teach young women to show love to their husbands and children, to use good judgment, and to be morally pure. Also, tell them to teach young women to be homemakers, to be kind, and to place themselves under their husbands’ authority. Then no one can speak evil of God’s word.
Recently, a friend of mine who was struggling in her marriage, told me, when she faced challenges, she would always ask herself this question. “What would Susie do?”
I was so humbled!
I told her it was the highest compliment, she could ever give me, just knowing that my walk with God inspired her and served as a road map.
Somehow, it makes the challenges we face and the mountains we scale in this life -through God’s empowerment, all worth it…just knowing it helped someone.
I saw a quote a couple of years ago that has so inspired me.
“Some people come into our lives and quietly go. Others stay awhile, and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.”
The Apostle Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ!”
Who’s following you?
What are you modeling?
We only get one chance at this thing called life—so let’s live on PURPOSE and be intentionally!!
“Father God, make us a person who leaves footprints on people’s lives. We don’t want to be the person who comes and goes with no lasting impact. Because of contact with us, may people never be the same again. May we be the person who intentionally and lastingly influences others. Amen.”