I Want to Be Just Like You

I Want to Be Just Like YouIt was one of those late night discussions while tucking the kids in bed and talking through the day.

My daughter was holding my hand, her heart tender with having just spent time with the Lord in prayer. And all of a sudden she whispered, “Mom, I want to be just like you when I grow up.”

Her words took me by surprise.

Of course it’s flattering to think that my little girl wants to grow up to be like me — a mama with big dreams and crazy passions burning within her chest. A girl who can’t seem to shake this heart-stretching, pulsating, overwhelming desire to love God and His people. And to love them well.

But as my heart smiled at the flattery, suddenly all of my mistakes and the ways I feel I don’t measure up as a godly mom began to flood my mind. Because let’s be honest. I’ve been a royal mess the last few weeks. I have struggled with anxiousness. I have wrestled with fear. I have been, and am currently still working through the process of listing / laying down / and leaving my worries at the foot of the cross.

So what I whispered back to her in the comforting darkness was, “Don’t strive to be like mommy, baby. Strive to be like Jesus.”

Because more than anything, I want my children to see Christ in me. Not because I’m perfect. Or a 24-7 example of His goodness and mercy. But because I want my life, my words, and my actions to point my children to HIM. To His saving grace. To His loving arms. To His hard-won, blood-purchased, love-soaked gift of forgiveness.

So my prayer for us this week is this.

That our children will catch a glimpse of Jesus – working in us and through us. In the hard stuff … and in the good things too.

That we may be an accurate reflection of who He is.

A beautiful echo of His heart.

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Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.
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Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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    • Ahhh, thank you for this, Nanette! I know I falter often, refusing to extend grace when I should be extravagant with it. But I know too that Christ’s strength can shine brightly in spite of our weaknesses. Praying they will see Christ in us!
      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!
      Anne-Renee

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