I’m sure we can all agree. Motherhood is a joy.
Yet, I can (and I write this because I’m sure we ALL do) get blindsided by seemingly harmless lies the world tells us about motherhood. One place I see this happening all too often is when talking to other mothers – where the topic of conversation is our mutual unwashed hair, or diaper explosions, or the exhaustion from dealing with a child who will not sleep through the night. Our complaints are generally more loud than the wonders of motherhood, and this dampens my view on the role God has given me.
When we live like the world, we miss out on the abundant motherhood God has planned for us. God’s design means less chaos, fewer guilt-ridden moments, less yelling and more joy. AND refreshment that the world cannot offer us.
Romans 12:2 helps shift my mindspace when I want to focus on worldly complaints.
“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.”
Our humanly temptation to conform to the world is nothing new. We see this struggle played out time and time again in the Old Testament. Recall David’s son Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-2) who loved many foreign women, yet the Lord clearly instructed him not to marry them because they would turn his heart to their gods, yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyways.
Our earthly nature may gloss this over as a cultural custom of the time. Especially when we recall Solomon chose wisdom over riches and built the temple. But Solomon conformed to the patterns of the world around him rather than renewing his mind in the truth. He disobeyed the Lord and loved the women of the world, turning to their gods and away from the Supreme One.
We are like Solomon, more often that we care to admit (at least than I care to admit!) I study my Bible, I pray to God, have messy prayers and prayers organized in journals – yet I still take wrong turns when I fail to protect my heart. It is not easy to guard our hearts against conforming to the world because the world looks normal to us. We’ve lived our entire existence here after all, so it feels like home even though the believer acknowledges that it is not.
Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all ese, guard your heart, for everything you do flows form it.”
We live in a world with instant and nearly unlimited access with few natural barriers for what comes in: TV shows, blog posts, every day conversations, social media all bombard us with worldly beliefs and opinions.
God calls on us to create barriers around our hearts and minds. This kind of guarding requires action on our part because the world has no interest in creating healthy limits for us. Remember, we are in enemy territory here and Satan does not want ANYTHING good for us. Normalcy on earth is evil in disguise. With God, we don’t have to make barriers on our own. The Holy Spirit is at work within us and equips us to do what we could never accomplish on our won. In God’s strength, we are capable enough to knock down whatever goes against His truth.
Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing believers with the Holy Spirit. While we live in enemy territory, your Spirit in me equips me to guard my heart against the lies of the world that are disguised as normal thoughts and actions. Help me remember that I am not a victim of the world around me and give me the courage to shut off access to the things that drag me down and separate me from you. In your Mighty name I pray, amen.