Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church… so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Hum….Serve where you are …..what does this mean to all of us? The last devotional, in Part I, we talked about serving others but today we need to think about serving our family.
Ok….I work in full-time Christian work, and I serve at church, I serve in my community, I serve others all the time….but….wait…..oh dear, who did I forget to serve today? Yes, my family…I have 3 children and a husband, not to say parents, sisters etc….that could use my help from time to time.
How many of us have witnessed a “PK” (preacher’s kid) or a family whose parents serve so faithfully at church and their kids are going in the wrong direction. Why is this? We forget that, after making sure that we ourselves are right with the Lord, the next person to serve is our family!
We need to establish our hearts as found in James, to make sure that we have sent guidelines for ourselves to serve our family. It is hard for me to remember that my children are my brothers and sisters in the Lord, too. So is my husband… my brother in the Lord. The Lord clearly talks about how we are to train up our children, and to love and meet the needs of our husbands.
We all have a plate full in different ways. If we sat today together and discussed…”but you don’t know where I am coming from”, or “you don’t understand my situation”….we could be here all day. No, I don’t walk in your shoes and you don’t walk in mine. The Bible is very clear though on what our responsibilities are and what we need to be doing.
Train up a child in the way he should go, is very clear. This means on the good days and bad….an average child or special needs. We are to love our husbands and submit to them on the good days and bad, when we feel like it and, yes, when we don’t.
All of our service should be done going boldly to the throne first and asking for HIS guidance and leading on how to serve. No matter whom the Lord puts in our path to serve….in serving them….we ultimately are serving the KING of KINGS!!
Lynn Wilson a wife and a mother of two. Currently on Staff at America’s Keswick for the past 20 years. She has been involved in her local church in women’s ministries as well as speaking for other churches and retreats. Her mission statement would be to…touch one life so in turn they can touch a life for eternity. Her greatest joy is to go home at the end of her work day and spend time with her family and enjoy her first ministry which is being a wife and mother.