He said, "Tonight, I am going to tell you the reason you were created. Tonight we will study what God's Word tells us about the reason God allowed you to have life." I waited all day Sunday to get back to church that night.. I was SO CURIOUS to learn.. SO EAGER to understand the WHY behind my life on earth.And.... his answer was.....I was created to bring glory to God. I was created for HIS GLORY.. and not my own.
I cannot do justice to the way that one sermon has shaped my life. Who knew? I understood, as the pastor spoke, that it's not about me.. it's about GOD. A "light" went on in my heart. "Ohhhhhhh... My life here is all about God. His Glory. His Honor. His Will. His Desires. His Majesty. His Glory."
I thought back to my Godly parents.. and through my many decades of life.. (they are still alive.. and in their 90's)... and how the way they raised me went right along with our pastor's message...
"BRING GLORY TO GOD... HONOR GOD.. LOVE GOD.. SERVE GOD.. HIS PEOPLE... It's all about God."
Sometimes.. we conveniently "forget" that our kids belong to God.. and that He is wanting us to tell them about HIM.. and that HE is their FOREVER Father.
God shouldn't be just a part of their lives.
He should be their whole life.
It shouldn't be a lifestyle where God has to say to parents,
- "Hey, can I borrow your kid?
- I have a plan for his life that's a better one than the one you have.....and I need you to let him go.
- I have a plan for her life that will allow her to be happy being exactly the way I created her in your womb. She won't be happy doing anything but what I created her to do.
- He won't be fulfilled in any venture but the ones I prepared for him as I was forming him."
It should be a parent letting a child know that whatever profession, occupation, or path he chooses... he should do it all for the glory of God. It should be us teaching our kids that honoring God's will - even above what society defines as success - should be the main point of being alive.
Just because it isn't easy to let go of our kids.. doesn't mean it isn't right.
They. Belong. To. God.
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