If you’re like me, you always liked watching strong female characters on TV. I remember spinning around in the back yard, pretending that I was Diana Prince, who would turn into Wonder Woman – silly costume and all – just like Linda Carter did on the show. I also really admired Jamie Sommers, the tough but tender Bionic Woman who stole everyone’s hearts as the girl-next-door who could also (secretly) beat up all the bad guys. But my favorite strong ladies of TV were the down-to-earth, super-pretty, crime-fighting trio called Charlie’s Angels. I remember playing with other girls in my class for hours, re-enacting their heroic efforts to rid the streets of punks and hoodlums of all varieties.
They always got the bad guy. And never, ever did they have a bad hair day.
I think the reason that I, and other girls like me, admired them so much is that they all seemed to be women on a mission. They were all tough-minded girls driven by conviction and completely unwavering in their commitment to their calling.
That’s it. They didn’t just have jobs. Or skills. Or strength.
They were fueled by a calling.
If you are a mom who aspires to raise children who love Jesus (OR, if you desire to be one someday) you need to realize something. You need to know that you live in and among the kinds of circumstances that offer you the opportunity to live out a calling. You have the option to do more than just have kids and raise a family. Your ordinary life can be used daily to embrace an entire calling.
But even if you don’t have kids yet, you still have the opportunity to pass your faith on to others around you. You can bring people into God’s family, whether they belong to yours already or not. And in the meantime, you can learn the skills you’ll need to lead your little ones to Christ.
Recent Stats on Young America
Barna has released information surrounding its new book entitled, Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon. Unsurprisingly, the church dropout rate has increased. Again. Barna reports that among 18-29 year-olds who were raised in church, only about a third choose to remain active with church in their adulthood.
It’s been clear for awhile that America has been having a faith crisis. But you, sweet woman, can do something about it. Although I consider stats like these grim, and I ache over the practical implications of operating in a secular society, I also understand that these findings mean that the fields are ripe for harvest. Never in my lifetime have I seen such an awesome opportunity to reach people for Christ at only an arm’s length away. It used to be that reaching others for Him meant traveling some distance away, but not anymore.
Open the door to your ordinary life with your spiritual specs on, on you’ll see incredible opportunities for stepping into your calling, embracing your eternal purpose right in your own neighborhood, workplace, and yes, even your home.
Here are 4 Ways Moms & Millennials Can Step Into Their Calling
1.) Insist On Ultimate Truth. Be diligent to recognize for yourself and point out to others the frequency with which this world puts possessive pronouns in front of the word “truth.” I suspect that many of Barna’s self-reported church dropouts silently distanced themselves from their parent’s constant spiritual instruction by designating Biblical truth as “their” truth. When people have an individualized notion of truth, its much more difficult for them to see Jesus as THE truth.
2.) Emphasize the Uniqueness of Jesus. Most people believe that all religions are the same, they teach essentially the same things, and therefore, wind up drawing all the same conclusions. This just isn’t true (see point #1 above). Jesus didn’t just arrive on the scene spouting really profound moral truths. He came to pay a debt, to satisfy a spiritual/legal condition, and He did it at great cost to Himself for the benefit of even those who hate Him. The need for Jesus becomes much more clear when He is shown to be different from other religious leaders and their religions.
3.) Educate Yourself to Recognize & Dismantle Common Buzzwords. Proper communication relies on using words to convey specific meanings. But lots of folks (even those inside the church) rewire certain words to mean different things. As a result, unbiblical truths are smuggled into the conversation making solid instruction much more difficult. Here are a few:
- Messy – The word ‘messy’ is frequently employed to downplay the sting of sin. It’s even used as an encouragement to ‘find beauty in the mess.’ Listen, I remember being a young mom prepping for a birthday party while my babies napped and played in our living room playpen. Diapers, bottles, and birthday party supplies were all over. That mess is beautiful. Sin isn’t. Don’t buy into that.
- Authenticity – It’s true that the church sometimes gets a bad rap for being really hard on people struggling with their sin. It’s also true that today’s church is aware of its bad reputation and, for the most part, is making attempts to fix it. True authenticity is to be applauded, and its true that we must make safe space for people to deal with their sin honestly. But that requires a balance of truth-telling, accountability, and encouragement toward repentance. When it’s done well, people have the opportunity to confess their sinful habits rather than hide them, lean on brothers and sisters for advice and support, and most importantly, learn the tools to leave their sin behind in favor of God-honoring change. The hijacked version of authenticity simply uses the term to sanitize sinful or disobedient choices under the premise of ‘being yourself’ or living out “your truth’ (see point #1). Jesus didn’t call us to live life on our own terms. He called us to live it on His.
- Love – Love is Love. The world just needs more love. Well, that kind of depends on how you define love. The 21st Century definition of love entails everything that is non-confrontational, affirming, and completely lacking in correction. Love supposedly lets everyone do whatever they want. In reality, Biblical love does no wrong to its neighbor (Rom 13:10). So if we’re going to love people, we’ve got to know right from wrong, and we’ve got to act accordingly. Plus, Biblical love refuses to rejoice with evil but delights in truth (1 Cor. 13:6. See also, point #1, again).
4.) Embrace Questions, Especially the Hard Ones. God gave us intellect and reason. A natural function of our intellectual capacities, then, is to doubt and question in the pursuit of truth. As a mom or a millennial reaching out to someone to point them to Christ, don’t shy away from the questions. It’s ok to say ‘I don’t know the answer to your question, but I’ll help you find it.” Trust me. There are excellent answers to pretty much every question your kid or your friend could ask. Even better, there’s a growing body of believers equipping themselves to provide those answers to help you and your outreach efforts, so that you can step into your calling. The video below is a good example:
Hi. My name is Lori and it is my goal to create an online community of 100,000 women who desire to transform their lives into instruments of help and healing in the hands of the Divine Physician. It will require courage. It will require conviction, and it will require stepping into your calling.
I hope you will join me. And if you have any questions or comments, leave them below.
In the meantime, if you need help establishing a daily quiet time, I have some resources to help you. You can find them by CLICKING here…..
 “Church Dropouts Have Risen to 64%—but What About Those Who Stay?,” Barna.com, September 4, 2019, https://www.barna.com/research/resilient-disciples/.