[This was written a while ago now, but I’ve been unable to post it before now].
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3
My baby boy turns one tomorrow. I’m not sure how I feel about it. There is a beautiful, yet painful, kaleidoscope of emotions twirling around and around in my heart. And through all these feelings and thoughts runs a theme: “stewardship”, just as it has all year.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:21
God bestowed upon me a great honour when He gave me a son to steward. Yet, from the beginning, I have been acutely aware that it is only that – a stewardship. When he is grown, I must release him into the world to go and bear fruit of his own, and, when he marries, I must watch him leave us in order to cleave to his wife.
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:6-9
There is an apt phrase circling around cyber space, going something like this: “The days are long, but the years are few”. Oh, to have more years with my baby! But the reality is that my time mothering my son is going to feel very short. God has granted me these precious years and it is up to me to treasure them, stewarding the time well. Our children are our first “call” as parents. Man and woman have been put together to raise godly offspring. What an awesome task to be set.
Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15
I want nothing more than to excel at this task. And I know that, in order to do this, it starts by ensuring I enter fully into my relationship with God each and everyday, and then fully invest into my relationship with my husband (as a side note, this is also backed up by studies by clinical scientists – the marriage relationship is the biggest indicator of children doing well in soceity and feeling loved!).
If you’re a parent, how are you going in your stewardship? Is it time to till or to fertilise? Or perhaps it’s time to plant seeds of faith, or nurture character? Or maybe even time to release – to acknowledge they belong to the Lord and are a new creation with their spouse? Maybe it’s time to invest in your marriage? Maybe it’s time to get away as a family from life’s busyness and refuel yourself in God? What must you do to be faithful in your stewardship?