EACH LIFE IS UNIQUE

  “Encouraging Words for Today” – May 6, 2011

EACH LIFE IS UNIQUE

(A Mother’s Day Musing)

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell 

“God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.               II Peter 1.3 (NIV)

Moms, God wants you to know that He has given you everything you need for life — your unique life. He does not plan to give you what you might need to live the life of your best friend, or your neighbor, or even your favorite mother-model. No, God has called you to the life that He planned. I suspect that for most of us, it didn’t turn out to be the life we thought it might be… so long ago when we were young and dreaming of ‘growing up.’

On Mother’s Day I often recall my own dreams to one day be a mother. I grew up playing with dolls and looking to my own Mama as a model for that particular role in life. However, by the time I reached my thirties I was still not a mother! God did, however, have a plan. It just wasn’t what I imagined.

My own unique life would find me becoming a mother through the adoption of my first three children who were ages 9, 7 and 4; and then much later giving birth to our fourth child. Of course I was shocked when God revealed this to me, but I was ecstatic as well. It’s as though I could hear Him saying, “Well, you’re not getting any younger so I’m just going to just give you a jump start with three at one time!”

My beautiful Mama - Sarah Hasty Secrest

A huge blessing! A huge adjustment! A joy and a struggle. Life is often like that, isn’t it? We finally get what we want then we have to deal with it. May I just offer a bit of advice if you just got a great answer to prayer, but perhaps not in the way or form you imagined? Just receive it. Embrace it. And be willing to move forward into a new paradigm for your life. So what if you’re not like all the other mothers you know? So what if you’re not like your own mother? So what if your family unit is different? I guarantee God has a plan.

Not only did he want me to embrace my own story, but He called me as a mother to do perhaps one of the most important tasks of all — to nurture my children to live their own unique lives. Not for me to try and squeeze them into what I hoped and dreamed they would be. Not for me to try and live my life through them. But to recognize how God made them, gifted them, and called them to their own special place.

All of my 4 kids are different from one another. Let’s take sports, for instance: I have one child who wins gold medals in international tennis competition, one who is a born equestrian, another who competes nationally in obstacle course shooting matches, and yet another who manages to dance onstage in 3 inch heels, do cartwheels and splits while singing at the same time. Now, honestly, I do none of these things. And yet they do.

I don’t remember placing my order with God for these things.  But I do remember when that tennis player turned 9 years old and I enrolled him in Special Olympics for the first time and how it changed his life… and ours. I remember getting a counselor job at a summer camp so that my daughter could take English riding classes. I remember being a Cub Scout leader (even though I knew nothing about boys) so that son could one day become an Eagle scout and pursue his love of the great outdoors. And yes, I remember enrolling my preschooler in dance lessons. Later when all the little girls were scared to go on stage for the recital, she exclaimed that she had endured a whole year of lessons just so she could go on stage!

Maggie - Justin - Tim - Fiona

This past week the very first words of the Royal Wedding sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury were “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” (quoting Catherine of Sienna) Don’t compare yourself to someone else. And don’t live vicariously through your favorite reality show star. Live your own story. And Moms, raise your kids to embrace the unique life God has for them. Then we can all ‘set the world on fire!’ Remember, He has given us everything we need for life!

under the mercy, Cindy

This is part of my Mother’s Day Sermon on May 8, 2011. “What God Wants You to Know” Click here http://www.firstchurch.org/631340.ihtml to listen to the entire 25 minute message.

 ©2011 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

http://www.EncouragingWords.net

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2 Responses to EACH LIFE IS UNIQUE

  1. maggierowe says:

    Fun to get a preview to your Mother’s Day sermon at First Church. Am praying for your stamina as you are on retreat Saturday and preaching 4 times Sunday. I hope you can take the day off school on Monday and REST,

    • Thanks BFF for reading my blog and your encouraging prayers. No, I have to work Monday because I’m speaking at MOPS on Tuesday, then it’s doing my mother-job-on-the-road awhile. smile….

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