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Topic: Discipleship (02/23/04)

TITLE: Just Like Mom
By Annette Bury
02/25/04

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My mini-van barreled down the road, pushing toward home after an afternoon of running endless errands. I pressed on the brake, waiting for traffic to clear before proceeding with the familiar left-hand turn. Sighing, I looked in the rear view mirror. My brood of four children, rustled in the back seats. I heard an occasional, “Quit looking at me! It’s my book, so give it back! Mom, I’m thirsty.” It was just a typical day with my children.

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?”

“Uh-huh.”

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.


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Corinne Smelker 03/01/04
OK, laughed out loud! Boy, can I relate! Good job Annette.
Glenda Lagerstedt03/01/04
Liked that last line especially. Really sums up discipleship very well.
Dave Wagner03/01/04
Nice. Pure, unadulterated nice.
L.M. Lee03/02/04
too cute!
Helen Wiebe03/04/04
Beautiful work! By far the best Christian comedy I've ever read.
Donna Anderson03/04/04
Love it! :)
Lynne Cox03/05/04
Easy to read and brought a smile to my lips! I like how it all dovetails right into the last line.
Ann Marie Lindenmeyer03/06/04
What a cute, endearing story. Children reward us so greatly if we listen to them.
Kimberly Scarberry03/07/04
Love it! As a mom I can relate,thank God for the funny moments with our children, otherwise I don't know how we'd do it! A nice reminder that motherhood is a form of dicipleship,sometimes I forget.
Kenny Paul Clarkson03/07/04
Annette, real life articles are wonderful in that they communicate so well. — Kenny Paul Clarkson, 1492@usa.com