Recently I received a note from my mom referencing the recent event at The Wilds where the retreat had just taken place. At the end of her note was this verse:
III John 4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
The verse made me smile, not only because of its truth, but also because that is “our verse.” Years ago when I was single and seeking God’s will for my life, my mom sent me that verse to encourage me to follow the Lord. I did, and she indeed rejoiced with me. Over the years she has reminded me of that passage – it’s one of the many truths that she always said to me.
On this Mother’s Day weekend, I want to say that there’s no better gift that you can give your children than to encourage them to “walk in truth” and follow God’s will for their life, even though it may take them far away from you, which is exactly what happened in my life. I’ve never lived close to my parents, but they never lamented over that – they’ve only encouraged me. That freed me to obey my Heavenly Father! What a gift that is!
Let your children go so they can serve Lord, then you can have the great joy of knowing they are walking inTruth!
Is there a statement from your mom that has stuck with you over the years? I’d love to hear what it is!