After putting my children to bed and about to turn in, I’m thinking of all the typical trappings of Mother’s Day. I honestly want to gag a little. I’m not really a sentimental person and probably not your average stay-at-home mom either.
However, I think I speak for many others on this Mother’s Day 2020, amidst the coronavirus pandemic. What used to suffice on this Hallmark holiday: cute little handprint crafts, Mom acronym poems, so many chocolate covered strawberries, plethoras of dyed carnations, matchy-matchy posed family photos – is a little tiresome in the age in which we live.
What Really Matters
Rather, we want to know that we are doing matters, that what we are imparting to our children will last far beyond us, into eternity in fact. As a parent, I’ve always believed that focusing on developing our child’s spiritual compass would be the most important part of this journey.
However, I’ve only recently come to see that raising them with a prophetic sense of the time in which we live is a close second. This situational awareness is inseparable from the geopolitical events of our day. What’s the point of them intimately knowing Jesus if they spend their time here on earth gazing up at the sky, anxiously hoping for heaven as a reprieve? What’s the aim of them getting high grades in history, if this knowledge is used to control them into becoming just another cog in the machine?
Let Your Kids Know About What Is Going On
The smokescreen and veneer of America past that comforted us in our stereotypical lives has been removed, and violently so. Even for those not fully awake yet, what’s clear is that this is a time like no other in American history. This requires a parenting paradigm to match.
So pardon me as I pay our kids to read a slew of political books this summer, or as I regularly show them news clips of the happenings of the day; or as I take them with me to campaign for local candidates; or as I drive them downtown to a political rally.
I am not focusing on politics for politics sake. I am raising citizens of the greatest nation on planet earth. The pivotal importance of the hour cannot be overstated, and I will not omit our kids from these discussions. Learning history is great, but living it is amazing!
Mother’s Day Wish
So for my Mother’s Day wish: 1) I want more parents across this land to take time to be invested politically. It is important to dialogue with their child about the issues. We need to fight to save this nation that has been appointed as a light to the world. 2) I want our kids to know that their parents chose to do the hard thing. That they looked down the road for the dangers ahead. 3) I want believers to come together in unity and return to the principles that made this land of ours great. 4) I want the resulting freedom to spread around the world, that Jesus would get His full reward!
I’ll be one happy mom if we can work towards these. No need to send the flowers and the chocolate. Okay wait, you can still send the chocolate!
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. -Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing, 1964