Straight from Aunty LuLav
We just passed through Holy week and Easter. I keep thinking about Maundy Thursday, the Last Supper – The Passover. I can imagine the overall feel in the room, a mixture of love, fear and sorrow. These moments were the last Jesus would share with His disciples, before the crucifixion.
What was the Last Lesson He would teach?
Before they ate the Passover dinner together, Jesus, Who was all God, yet all man, stripped Himself of His outer garments, and humbled Himself as a servant.
God Himself, knelt down, to love, to sacrifice, to touch the feet of common man. This was His last lesson for us.
The Western Church has set aside the ancient tradition of Foot Washing. We have lost the concept of humble, sacrificial serving. Instead, we throw money or technology at a problem and hope for the best. We don’t have time to truly invest ourselves into the people around us. Most of us barely survive our schedules.
As Mothers, we are called to the same self-sacrifice, as Jesus.
We are called to kneel down and love and serve.
Our little children are trying to understand a big world that does not often make sense. They are trying to learn the rules and ways to succeed and sometimes, just survive. They are trying to know themselves in a world that is spinning way too fast.
Father God gave you – dear mommy – as a gift to that little child.
Yet, time is against us. Our work and commute eat most of our time. We barely have time to make dinner, pay the bills, grocery shop, and do laundry. Every voice of work, busyness, performance, and heavy responsibility, scream in our ears, demanding our time and attention.
It is easier to give our child a device, computer or television program to occupy their attention while we finish our work.
Momma – STOP! KNEEL DOWN!
Give your TIME to your child instead.
It is a SACRIFICE. It means late hours for you, after they go to bed.
It is a sacrifice of yourself for them.
But you are following the example of Jesus.
When I was young, I failed many times in this area, allowing the chaos of an overpacked schedule to steal my attention and time from my little daughters. I rushed them, lost patience, and expected too from their child’s understanding. I should have stopped more to kneel down and enjoy life with them. I regret those missed opportunities now that they are grown.
HOWEVER, my moments of triumph, were reading books together at bedtime or anytime! We cuddled on the couch, the porch, the floor, under a tree and we read, read, read. We laughed about the characters, the story lines and the lessons learned.
We read the Word of God together, not perfectly, but they got Jesus! Hallelujah!
I had to stop and say “no” to the voices calling me to work, work, work. I had to kneel down and give myself to them.
Which reminds me of Maundy Thursday and Foot Washing.
When you stop and sacrifice your time, to love on your little ones, you are following in His footsteps.
When you stop and sacrifice your agenda, to serve their need to read, learn, and play, you are following in His footsteps.
When you stop, kneel down and touch their heart and mind with words, you are cleaning away the daily build-up of worldly messages bombarding them. You are giving them words of life.
I encourage you – stop and engage your child. You can do it!
It’s hard, but the Joy of the Lord will be your strength!
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;
as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
By this all will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another”
John 13:34-35 NKJV