In just a few short months these little feet will bless our family. Our girls are giddy with excitement to welcome their baby brother to our crazy home. They are already fighting over who gets to hold him first, kiss him first, feed him first and whose bed he is going to sleep in.
My husband and I are savoring each precious moment, not rushing a minute of it. We know that we will never get these moments back and we are drinking it all in.
We’ve counted his toes and talked about the responsibility those little toes will bring us.
With all these sisters that he has we have a feeling that his little feet won’t hit the ground for a good two years. He’ll be held and snuggled every moment of every day.
But those tiny feet mean big things.
One day they will run through our home.
They will wear worn out sneakers.
They will be covered with the warm dirt from our front yard.
One day they might run in a football game or kick a soccer ball.
They might tap to an instrument or shake nervously through a spelling bee.
Whatever the plan for his little feet is we have a huge responsibility to them.
My husband and I will make it our mission to assure that these little feet follow Christ and that everyday they lead people towards the Lord.
These little feet might one day walk the streets of China spreading the Good News.
These little feet might walk along side the homeless making them his brothers and sisters.
These little feet might stand behind the pulpit and preach to thousands.
I don’t know what God’s plan is for our baby boy but I know that it is good and I know that my husband and I will do our best to raise him to serve the Lord.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Sometimes we strive for our children to be the best on the team, the smartest in the class.
But what if we strive for them to be the most compassionate.
The most giving.
The most passive.
What if we taught them that having the spotlight on them isn’t what is most important but rather having the light of the Lord shine through them so that others can see the face of Jesus.
What if we raised the next generation to be much more like Jesus and less like us.
10 little toes will grace our home and all I can do is pray that daddy and I will be wise enough to carve a path for him that leads to Christ so that he can lead others.
Heavenly Father show us how to set an example for our younger generations that will teach them what it means to be followers of Christ. Remind us what is truly important in their lives and that it is our responsibility to nurture and guide them. Help us to show them daily what the cross means to them. Give us the knowledge to put into words what an amazing sacrifice it is that you so graciously gave to us. In Jesus name, amen.
Now don’t get me wrong, our number one mission is to lead our children to Christ BUT my husband won’t be upset if one day gets to watch his son toss a football in a college game.