Why are you here?
What drives us?
What makes us get up in the morning?
What makes us push harder, study longer, and work tirelessly?
The answer for some may be a passionate pursuit of excellence or their calling. We challenge the notion that a title or a role is what defines us. The definition of who we are is found in our very heart.
“I chose you before I formed you in the womb;
I set you apart before you were born.” Jeremiah 1:5
Before we were born, we were chosen and set apart. We were set apart for a purpose, a relationship with Christ, and a relationship with our family.
Any parent that has held a newborn child in their arms has experienced a precious gift from heaven. As Jesus came as a newborn hope into our world we can experience this hope through Him.
Something changes within us when we commit our life to another in marriage. We begin to grow closer to one another and put their needs before ours. Then some have the privilege of becoming parents; their motivation becomes even more self-less. This process is one of sacrifice, of leadership, and of servant-hood. We learn the priceless value of the most treasure gift: our family.
The verse “Greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13) is the example God set before us as a reminder.
A reminder that a loving Father laid down his own Son’s life for his children. And We are those children!
When we feel the weight of the great privilege bestowed upon us as parents our motivations change.
This change is the process of becoming a servant leader. We are not focused on our own needs anymore. We are serving, working, learning, and loving all for the benefit of our spouse and our children. For we have been given much and much will be required of us.
If you have a family, if you have someone that loves you, if you are privileged to be a “noble overseer” one who watches over another then you are truly blessed indeed.
Do not take this responsibility and heavenly privilege for granted. Too many have lost their families not because of tragedy but because they began to value the world more than their family. Be ever watchful, be there for them, and honor the blessing that has been given to you.
They are a gift from God; let us treat them as such.
Andy J. Starnes