What would my kids be like if Jesus was raising them? As a mom of preschoolers, I’ve never wanted to emulate the cheesy WWJD bracelets-of-yore more than I do today. I truly want to know how to parent like Jesus.
Let’s just say I’m open to advice. I want input from the wise mothers who have gone before me, from pastors, from friends, and from authors. But advice has to be taken with a grain of salt, and I know that I have the ultimate Parent to follow and listen to as I spend each day of my stay-at-home-mom life.
Jesus is a Wonderful Example for Moms
Of course, sinless parenting isn’t possible. Shake that off right now. But the Bible does tell us to be like Jesus.
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.John 13:15, NLT
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.1 Peter 2:21, NLT
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.Ephesians 5:1-2, NLT
God guides us moms in all kinds of ways. He uses
- a gentle nudge from the song we heard on the radio
- reminders of Sunday’s sermon
- verses brought to mind in the thick of a frustrating moment with little ones
- something we heard on a TV show
- observations of God’s creation through the living room window
- our motherly intuition
And while I can’t make a complete list of the ways God speaks to us, He’s very present with us in what may be the biggest challenge and ministry of our lives.
The Bible Tells Us How to Parent Like Jesus
My friend Lisa over at The Merry Momma has written a really fantastic post called 5 Lessons for Motherhood from History’s Only Perfect Teacher. I love her insights on mom life through the example of Jesus.
Quick Tips to Parent Like Jesus
- show patience (Romans 15:5)
- show compassion (Mark 6:34)
- use discipline (Psalm 94:12)
- give your time intentionally (Luke 21:37)
- bless them – see below…
Be a Blessing to Your Children Like Jesus
My favorite thing about Jesus right now is that he validated and loved the marginalized, unseen, and discarded. He came to seek out and save the lost, after all.
Jesus’ followers knew that everything their Teacher did and said was important with a capital I. So when kiddos ran to him and “interrupted” Jesus’ ministry, his disciples thought they were doing the right thing in keeping them away. They thought those children should be un-seen and not heard.
I mean, when I’m doing something I feel is really important, do I allow my children to interrupt me? Do I tell my husband, who’s trying to keep them away, “no, let them come in”?
Not so much.
I know that we moms have a, erm, large variety of roles and that the struggle to balance it all is very real. And I’m not saying that our kids should be yelling and playing on our laps while we’re on the phone with our insurance agent.
But Jesus’ example tells me that blessing my kids is a priority. It’s a drop-everything priority.
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.Matthew 19:13-15, NLT
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.
Have you blessed your kiddos today?
In the midst of the hustle and squabbles, while we’re negotiating laundry and wiping bottoms and figuring out how to save money this week, have we made our children’s spiritual lives a priority? Have we bonded with them?
I’m just as guilty as letting these things slip as the next mom, and the last thing I want to do is pass on a big heaping spoonful of shame. So please take this as encouragement.
Be encouraged, moms, that you can parent like Jesus by simply blessing your children today. You don’t have to be perfect, and your day will throw all kinds of trouble at you, but you have a special ability to bless your children as their mom.