. . . We must
come into the full
realization of what
our choices are
doing to the next
the Word. They see such promise in his
young face and watch his giftings unfold,
even in their rudimentary stages.
Mom begins investing the lion’s share
of her resources into this sphere called
home. She develops her skills as a wife and
mother. She learns to manage her growing household and, yes, her new, trimmed
budget. Now, without the formidable
eight-hour workday and ninety-minute
commute, she suddenly finds substantial
time to read her Bible and pray. Her relationships with other believers deepen. She
gets to know her neighbors and begins to
notice the needs of those in her extended
sphere. Her life becomes driven by her
goal of living out the kingdom of God and
raising her young disciple, who will one
day change the world.
This child is hugely and positively impacted by a mother and father who are
actively and radically praying, working,
nurturing, training, and getting their
hands around every aspect of that baby’s
life. It is beautiful to watch. These invested parents offer the kind of stuff that no
daycare facility can emulate. Eternal purpose is unfolding before their eyes and
the eyes of those who observe them.
First Corinthians 4: 2 urges, “Moreover
it is required in stewards, that a man be
found faithful.” The NIV offers this translation of that verse: “Now it is required
that those who have been given a trust
[sphere] must prove faithful.” We must not
abandon our spheres! No one else can
raise our children. No one can do it better than we can. We have been given this
charge by Almighty God! What more can
be said? Dare we pawn off this responsibility to some cheap replacement? Dare
we settle for mediocre substitutes when
we are the experts on our own children?
What are we thinking, imagining that
this holy task can be hired out to others?
It is insanity.
After nearly thirty years of parenting,
it’s my strong conviction that a child’s
unlimited potential can be unlocked by
the humble hands of a mother and father
who team up in this, their God-given
sphere. This is power: parents in their
very own home directing a little human
being into his highest purpose for life.
Denise Mira, author of No Ordinary
Child: Unlocking the Leader Within
Your Child, has been married to Gregory
for thirty-one years. They are the parents
of five sons. Denise has traveled extensive-
ly, both nationally and internationally,
inspiring change as she shares the message
God has given her for families. She would
love to have you visit her blog at www
. denisemira.com/blog.php, and she can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child by Denise Mira, Impact Media,
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