When my four daughters were younger, I made up a cheer that we would recite at different times: “Two, four, six, eight… Who do you appreciate? Momma! Momma! She’s so great!” Of course, we would cheer for different children by name. I had my own cheerleaders who gave hugs, kisses, and smiles. Back then, I actually felt like a good mom.
If we, as mothers, are not careful we can begin to find our identity in our children and their behavior. The truth is, the behavior of your children is not the measure of your value and worth as a person. As a life-giving mom, your LIFE needs to flow from the ultimate life-giver — GOD.
God has given each one of us CHOICE. The problem is that often we are tempted to control others rather than allow them the freedom of choice that God Himself has given each one of us. Freedom is an essential element to our spiritual, emotional and physical health. God’s WORD assures us:
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
So let’s be honest. Are you tempted to be a control freak? Are you tempted to get in the middle of situations and “play God?” Do you try to “fix” everyone. Or do you put your trust in God?
God has created each one of us with the Freedom of Choice. He could control every choice that we make, but He chose not to. Even when we are making poor choices, He doesn’t take over. He lets each of us as His dearly loved children suffer the consequences of our poor choices. He surrounds us with opportunities each day for a new start.
The next time you think about being a control freak, think about how Jesus paid the price for you to be free. He has chosen to love you enough to set you free. So it’s your turn. Love others enough to set them free of your expectation. Let them be free to be who God has uniquely made them to be!
Enjoy these quotes:
“People are born to be free; it’s a gift from God. We’re not to be free from responsibility, but free to be led by the Holy Spirit.” –Joyce Meyer
“In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.” A.W. Tozer