I first met Elisa of LoveOurChildrenNow at Cardboard Dreams last year. But even before we met in person, I already felt an affinity with her through her blogging. To me, Elisa is an inspirational woman and mother because she loves and lives with such clarity of purpose. Elisa’s honest and humble sharing her own stumbles in her parenting journey often touches me and inspires.
And because I’m a really young mom, I always appreciate the wisdom of other moms.
So I hope that Elisa’s sharing today on what ‘Building A Heritage of Faith’ means for her will inspire you to be strong on your own journey of faith.
:: Learning To Live By Faith ::
Recently, God has been asking me this question – Do you love the world?
I know that this physical life is futile, that it serves only to prepare ourselves for heaven, and souls for God. But I also love the glamour and success of this world. How foolish of me, but despite all that I know, I desire and crave the deceitful promises of this fleeting world.
My reluctant answer to God was “Yes, I do”. I do love the world and I have been unfaithful.
2012 has been a strange year. I believed God for many things. Along the way, many exciting things came my way, but the year has not turned out exactly as how I had anticipated it to be.
But do I still have faith? Therein lies the difference between a childlike faith and a mature faith. Childlike faith is sincere, real and true, but naive.
Mature faith believes despite not seeing. It believes despite pain and disappointments and the feeling that we have been abandoned by God. It stands on the promises of God and is foolishness to the logical mind of the perishing world.
Why do I believe in God?
There have been many miracles and blessings in my life, but miracles are blessings are not the bedrock of my belief. I believe in God because to believe otherwise makes life too sad. I need someone perfectly good to look up to. I need someone to love me even though he knows all my ugliness. I need someone to tell me – you are important to me, and your life has a purpose. I need someone to believe wholeheartedly in me. And now that I am a mother, I rest secure in knowing that whatever I cannot be for my child, God is. Beyond my limitations, stands my God.
God is more real than this world,
and I desire God more than I desire the world.
“No one who puts his hand to the plow and
looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God”
Unless I am willing to give up my pursuit of the world, God will not count me as one of His.
So in 2013, I shall live by this verse. “Do not love the world or anything in the world” – 1 John 2:15.
I would like 2013 to be different.
In 2012, I believed God for many things – they were what I believed I could do for God.
In 2013, I want to learn to give up the world.
:: Thank You, Elisa! ::
This post is part of an ongoing series, My Heritage of Faith.
If you have a faith story to share with us, do email me at sarah[dot]wong[at]theplayfulparents[dot]com.