In case you haven’t noticed it yet … if you still have children under the age of 16 living at your address … one of your most irritating and yet vitally necessary job descriptions is that you are a chauffeur! Now truthfully, I am not referring to the endless days of taking kids and their friends to soccer practice, youth group, the orthodontist and piano lessons.
Perhaps you will be grateful to know that I don’t have a clue how many French fries are under the back seat of your car, how many thousands of miles are on your soccer mom van or that last week you used $5 worth of nickels to put gas in the family vehicle.
But … a mom is a chauffeur!
You must make sure that the children under your watchful care reach their destinations in life. Every important destination that a child arrives at is simply because he or she had a mom who took the job of chauffeuring seriously.
From sleeping all night … to giving up their pacifiers … to learning how to write their names … to making their beds … to personal hygiene … to graduation day … you are the mom and you lead them in the right direction in order to reach these important goals in life.
You must not merely point them in the right direction but by the example of your life you must take them there.
You cannot merely tell your children how to succeed, how to tie their shoes, how to serve God or how to be kind. Telling is not enough when it comes to mothering. You must model it by your daily life choices.
Your child will be no kinder than you are … they will not be happier than you are … and they certainly won’t read the Bible if you don’t.
You must be an example of moral excellence, of choosing wisdom, of speaking gently and of daily discipline.
Children really do learn what they live and as you chauffeur them through life, it is your input and impact that will take them through low valleys and to mountain top vistas … across bumpy, dirt roads and away from dead ends. But the fact that you are in the driver’s seat will assure their safety and eventual arrival at a healthy place in life.
You are a chauffeur … make sure that you are taking your child in the right direction. In order to do that, you must make sure that YOU, the mom, are going in the right direction. Be mindful of only following the trustworthy directions found in the GPS of God’s Word and not the confusing and contradicting cultural roadmap that will lend only to dead ends in life.
She is … a diligent chauffeur!
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.