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Topic: Discipleship (02/23/04)
TITLE: Just Like Mom
By Annette Bury
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Suddenly, I heard Robert, my five-year-old son, state, “Mom, I know what I’m going to be when I grow-up!”
I smiled. The Lord had truly gifted Robert with an intelligent mind, combined with a caring heart. Maybe a Scientist, discovering a cure for diseases, maybe a Preacher, going into all the nations with the Gospel, or maybe a Missionary, reaching those who haven’t heard the Good News.
“So, Robert, what are you going to be?”
He blurted, “I’m going to be a Mom, just like you!”
I bit my lip to prevent the laughter. “Robert, are you sure that’s what you want?”
Anton, my seven-year-old son, responded, “Robert, don’t be a Mom, that’s way too hard. You should be a doctor instead.”
Covering my mouth, I stifled the laugher as I turned the steering wheel. Before long, we pulled up in our driveway. The day proceeded as normal; soiled clothes plopped into the washer, cleaning up countless messes, throwing vegetables into a pot for dinner, washing the dirty dishes, baths for all four, stories, and finally bed-time prayers.
With the children safely in their beds, their faces looking almost angelic as they slept, I reflected on what happened earlier. At such a young age, Anton already knew how much of myself I expended in taking care of them. While Robert, held me in some sort of admiration. But why would he admire me?
Although I want my children to find heroes that have really made a difference in this world, Robert simply watched me. I laughed again as I thought about his career choice for motherhood. Then I realized that Robert looked to me. I had soothed his fears when scared, bandaged his knees when cut, and most importantly prayed with him. So, I guess that’s what true discipleship is all about - making a significant, lasting difference in someone else’s life.