Tonight Bob and I came to the realization that no matter how "city" we live, we are "country" people.
We aren't Country Club, BMW driving, designer wearing, latest fade buying, 2 children family, M.B.A. titled, private school, night out on the town, people. In reality we have always known this, but tonight we got a serious dose of how much we aren't. We are muck boots, chickens, tree climbing kids, homeschooling, lots of little ones, consignment clothes, cloth diapering, 9yr old Suburban driving, family game night, people.
As much as I would have disagreed with that statement a year ago, I now know this is us. Am I upset about it? No. I just didn't realize how frugal and simple we live. I love the fact that I can have a perfectly manicured lawn and flowers galore. That everything in our little lot can be well maintained and "perfect" looking. But the reality of it is, I think watching your children run through fields, climb trees, and work hard on a piece of land is so much more rewarding. It really saddens me as to how much stock we put towards things in life that mean nothing. Absolutely nothing. What happened to raising your children to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind? To making boys into men, instead of the next multi-million dollar sports figure? To making girls into women who desire to care for their homes and children, instead of earning degrees and hiring nannies? To raising families who serve others, instead of what's in it for them?
I pray that by the grace of God, we can instill these values in our children as they grow and become young men and young ladies. In the world we live in today, this is a big challenge. May we always enter through the narrow gate and not the wide. And keep our eyes on Christ and not become entangled with the desires of the "Good Life".
Luke 10:27He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!
37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
that you may be feared.
39 Turn away the reproach that I dread,
for your rules are good.
40 Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!