I am a mum and I have a Life!

May 24, 2011, 0 Comments

I am a stay-home-mum to two cheeky & very chatty boys, but I am also an individual, a child of God, my mother’s daughter, a King’s child and very much in love with my maker, my husband, my kids & my friends.

Recently I heard of a man who told of a trip he made. In his book, from Darkness to glorious Light, he details his encounter with heaven. He died physically and was taken to heaven where he was met by God personally. He was given a tour around this place where there were many mansions in the garden full of flowers and the street was golden and shone and were transparent. There were crowns with names written on it for the very happy people who lived there. Thereafter he was given a task to tell everyone about God and he came back to life.

My heart was so excited as I hear that. I so look forward to that crown of righteousness that God promised in 1 Cor 9:25 “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

What does ‘strict training’ means? would that be a phrase which many prefer not to hear about? Does that speak of lots of restrictions, or denial of pleasure and the likes?

The New American Standard Bible (©1995)
says, “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

2 Timothy 2:5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.

Gills’s exposition would read like this:

“And every man that striveth for the mastery,…. Either in running a race, or in wrestling; for the word here used agrees with both, and both are in the context referred to, nor has the apostle as yet done with his allusion to running in a race;is temperate in all things; contains himself from venery, abstains from certain sorts of food, which tend to hinder the agility, or weaken the strength of the body; and indulges not himself in sloth and idleness, but exercises himself in various manners, that he may be prepared for running or wrestling: the apostle’s view in this, seems to be to strengthen some exhortations he had already given, to abstain from fornication, and the immoderate use of venery; to forbear eating things offered to idols, and not give themselves up to luxury and intemperance; for should they be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, they would be very unfit for their Christian race, or for wrestling with principalities and powers, and the discharging of the business of a Christian profession:

now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; they confine themselves to a certain diet and course of living, and abstain from things otherwise desirable to nature; and this they do for the sake of a fading crown, a crown of leaves, made of the boughs and leaves of olives, laurels, pine, &c. or of parsley, green or dried, as before observed (t):

but we an incorruptible; even eternal life; compared to a crown, for the riches, glory, and lustre of it; and as suitable to the character and dignity of saints, who are kings as well as priests unto God: it is called “incorruptible”, because it is so in its own nature; nor can it be corrupted by other things, as crowns even of gold may; nor shall any corrupt person wear it; the corruption of nature must be removed from the saints, yea, that frailty and mortality of human nature, which sometimes goes by the name of corruption, must be taken away, ere they can inherit this crown and kingdom; nor will it ever fade away, as the corruptible crowns of the conquerors in these games did, and that in a very short time; but this will last for ever, and always continue in the same glory and lustre.”

I love it that there are clear guidelines what we can do to live our life.

First and foremost, I am called to be a child of God. That just really means I listen to him and do what he says. In a day of a stay-home-mum, I had given myself to raise my child in the ways of him. Everything I do, I try to work in that direction. When I was working in a marketplace, I give myself to honour him in all that I do. I ask for a clear and sound mind so that I can always have integrity, sound strategies, creative ideas and to give my best shot in all that I do. As a mum, a full-time job, I give myself no less than I gave before. Because all I do, I do unto my Father in Heaven.

I live in Asia, a place where consumerism is rampant. I believe that with it comes greed and vanity, discontentment and spirit of haughtiness. We don’t fight flesh and blood, but most certainly powers and principalities. So when I go shopping, I buy what I need, not what I can to show off. I am mindful not to be addicted with bags and shoes and all things that look really pretty to the eyes, but really only covers the soul with vanity and greed.

Do I have any favourite things? Yes! I love flowers and having tea with friends. I love good food and a good ambience, so I do it once in a blue moon, least I become a glutton. One too many plates of escargot or steak, or whatever takes our fancy can turned us into greedy monster before we know it.

With the ‘strict training’ that scripture teaches us, we do things in moderation. Self-control and temperate is a needful discipline. Just because I have more freedom and flexibility of time on hands, I am not to squander it off and buy crowns that are pleasurable for the moment , but have no eternal value.

Do I have a hobby? Yes I do, I love to worship and play my keyboard, or read a book, or chat with friends. How much time I spend on it, depends on what my priority is and my intention that must be aligned with what God wants. I chat not to pass time, I chat to discern the needs of my friends and to build them up in the Lord. I read, not to pass time, I do it to enrich myself so that I can build my children up, as well as to share the knowledge. I worship , not to pass time, but to strengthen my inner man and so as to hear God better and be love by him.

This is my life and I love it. I can do all things, but I am not mastered by anything. True freedom!

Friends, if you are a mum, tell us how you live your life to the full!

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