For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. 2 Tim 1:5
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. I remember my mom with gratitude for the many sacrifices she made in raising six kids. I’ve raised four kids of my own, and by the grace of God I look at each one of them thanking the Lord for the years He gave me to grow little human beings into big human beings. Being a mom is a mixed bag. There are days of joy and laughter you wouldn’t trade for the world. There are other days of frustration and fatigue, self-denial and sacrifice and shaming yourself over the number of mac and cheese boxes that are safely tucked away in your pantry. When all is said and done at the end of the day, us moms deal with that nagging question of whether or not what we’re doing is really going to make a difference.
Whether we as women are wives, moms or single women, the best question we need to ask ourselves is this. “In my little corner of the world how can I be a woman of influence?
Time magazine recently published their annual list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World. Here’s what they said about their selection process. “As in years past, this year’s list includes Presidents and Prime Ministers, CEOs and celebrities — But they are joined by others of less fame but great force, in the power of their inventions, the scale of their ambitions, the genius of their solutions to problems that no one before them could solve.”
Ladies, the time for us to decide what kind of women we are going to be is now!
From the beginning, from the first book of the Bible, Genesis all the way through to the book of Revelation, chapter 19, we see is the great influence of women.
Do we want to be women who are complacent about the Lord, not listening to the Word of God? Are we entangling ourselves in this life with all the voices of the media that distract us from God’s calling for our lives?
And what’s the result? We are settling. We have eaten the fruit of cultural thinking; we are competing to be accepted by this world instead of conquering Goliaths for God’s kingdom.
Do you get your philosophy of life from Oprah? Is your way of thinking influenced by the feminist voices of our day? What about women who are false teachers in the church? They may fill the convention halls and write best-selling books, but are these the women who are influencing you?
We are a nation that has lost our biblical moorings. We are passing law’s that condone evil and condemn righteousness. We have made God a weak and wimpy God!
If there was ever a time to be women who know God’s truth and live God’s truth the time is now. What an influence Timothy’s mother and grandmother had in his life! They poured into him, the sacred writings of God’s word. They could not have calculated how greatly God would use the boy who became a man for Christ’s kingdom. The value of their influence cannot be over estimated!
All of us have been given the unique quality of womanhood that holds the potential of what God intended only a woman’s influence can be. Married or single, working or making a home, it all holds great opportunity for God’s glory.
We may never become CEO’s, entrepreneurs or celebrities, but our choices as godly women can have great force and lasting effect in this life and for eternity.