Since becoming part of the Influence Network team, I've been intentional to ask myself every day:
Who am I called to influence? Am I using the gifts God has given me to be influential in the lives of others? How can I utilize the Gospel to be an influence today?
These little ones are who I've been called to influence. God has given me the important responsibility of raising them up to be, not only civilized human beings, but:
people who love and personally know Jesus,
people who know how to hear God's voice as they pursue their calling,
people who seek Godly wisdom and truth,
people who have a pure and grace-filled heart,
people who are authentic and utilize the creative gifts God has given them,
people who have a desire to sacrifice their needs in order to love, serve, and bless others.
But, it all starts with their father and I. We have the responsibility of expressing and stressing the importance of these life-giving, self-sacrificing qualities and desires in our own lives. We have been called to lead by example and make sure these little ones see that we love and personally know Jesus, that we know how to hear God's voice, that we have a desire to bless others, and so on and so on.
As a mom, it's easy to fail at this on a daily basis. As a wife, it's also super easy to fail at this on a daily basis. But, that doesn't make my responsibility any less important or impossible to accomplish. By serving a God who gives grace and pours unconditional love over me, the Gospel is what fuels me up on a daily basis to pursue my calling and raise these little ones.