Several days ago I witnessed my cat, Kit, hunt and catch a grackle for her kittens. She dropped the still live bird in front of her three kittens. At first they looked at her in wonderment. Kit just walked away and went and got comfy in a shady spot and closed her eyes. I am sure she is tired. She started out with 7 kittens. Two of them were extremely tiny and died within the first 10 days. The five remained for about 10 weeks when one more disappeared. Down to 4, and 12 weeks in, one more is gone. She has made sure they’ve been safe from wind and rain. Nursed them all until she is skin and bones. Given them the food I just put out for her.
But on this day all of the sacrifices she’s made don’t really seem to matter. She’s tired. She caught the bird, she put it right in front of them. If they can’t figure out how to kill it and eat it, that’s their problem. Lucky for the grackle I walked out the back door with cat food just in time. As soon as those babies saw me with that bucket they all bounded over to me and let the poor bird fly away.
This mama teaching her little ones to hunt got me to thinking about what I am teaching MY little ones to hunt for.
Am I teaching them to hunt for God or the world?
When I diet and workout:
Am I teaching them that being healthy and treating my body as a temple is pleasing to God?
Or am I teaching them that I am seeking the image that world perceives as beautiful?
Am I teaching them that God provided food for us to enjoy and nourish our bodies?
Or am I teaching them that is food is to be used as a tool for control?
When I am involved in activities outside the home:
Am I teaching them that there is a balance of doing for my family, myself and community?
Or am I teaching them that those activities are more important than building my family and home?
When I put them in activities outside the home:
Am I teaching them to honor God with those activities?
Or am I teaching them that it’s ok to put God on the back burner so that they can participate?
When I do housework instead of a puzzle with them:
Am I teaching them that keeping our home organized and clean is an important part of keeping a calm and peaceful environment?
Or am I teaching them that the housework is more important than my time with them?
When I reach for the computer, iPad, phone etc.:
Am I teaching them time management skills and that a little bit of time with technology is ok?
Or am I teaching them that what is on my phone is more important than anything else that is going on at that moment?
When I leave the dishes for later:
Am I teaching them that time with them is more important?
Or am I teaching them that you can keep putting off things that need to be done until they feel like doing it?
There is a VERY fine line between these examples. That is why they are so difficult and why it’s so easy for Satan to wiggle his way in and convince me that it’s ok this time.
My most important job as my kids’ mommy is to lead them to Jesus, to teach them to hunt for Him in everything.
As I ask myself this question I’m asking you too. Am I teaching them to continually seek Him out? Or am I getting tired and burnt out and teaching them to seek the things of the world because it seems easier and is more accepted?
13 Arise, O Lord!
Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,
destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
May their children have plenty,
leaving an inheritance for their descendants.
15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.