Often in Christian culture we use the saying "be the change that you want to see". Meaning, rather than sitting around complaining about the way things are, do something about it. This can be difficult, because it's easy to feel that I'm so small that I can't make a difference, or sometimes I feel that I just don't know where to start. It's easy to be overwhelmed by issues like poverty and violence, and the lack of unity among the Church. I could go deeper into this (and probably will in another post soon), but today I'm pondering this "be the change..." phrase in relation to my home/ family life.
I'm taking inventory of my life, my values, and the messages that I'm sending with my actions. I'm looking to see where my actions don't line up with my values... if my time, energy, and resources are being used wisely, or if they are being squandered. I'm pondering the values that I want to be instilled in Noah, and evaluating on if that is what is being modeled by my example. I want him to learn from watching me, I want to model the values that are important, I want him to learn through doing things with me, and not just by me telling him what is important and "good" to do.
As a result I feel a call to action, to "being the change". I want to pray more, laugh more, read more, stop to cherish each moment, play more, connect more, create more, and have more deep conversations. I want to limit my time in front of the TV, or on the internet and really engage in life...in living, serving, loving, and connecting with others. I want Noah to grow up knowing that the Lord is the center of my life, and not just hearing me say those cliche words. I want us to take lots of time to create, play, explore nature, and snuggle. I want us to take time to be still and reflective. I want all of our days to be led by the Holy Spirit... to have constant communion and communication with Him... to be aware of how He is working in, through, and around us, and to experience Him.
So today, I'm moving towards being the change that I want to see in my family, in my son, in the next generation...
What changes do you want to see? How can you take the first step?