Of Mothers and Conductors

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Mom, you are a conductor. In more ways then one.

Ever tried to herd a crowd of children into a car, onto a plane, into a store, through the zoo? You conduct, oh, yes, you do.

You guide people on their journeys, you help them with their baggage. You let them know when they are late. You reassure them that they made it — just on time.

Everyday you help people get on their way and to their destination. And Mom, you look much cuter than the guy in the suit.

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And sometimes, you’re a different kind of conductor.

Do you ever referee a fight between your children? Help someone feel better about that no-good, terrible, awful, lousy day? Do you offer another way to hear the messages that can discourage? Then you are a conductor.

You help keep time. You direct the actions of others. You help them hear sounds in a different way. You help them make beautiful music together.

You conduct, but you don’t need a black suit — or a stick.

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And other times, you’re a very different kind of conductor. As you scold, cajole, or encourage, you move the energy through your home. Your attitude, either negative or positive, is a conduit for the rest of your family.

You can stun or slow things down. You can also energize, electrify, and motivate. You are a conductor. You’re a mom.

It’s what you do.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10

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  1. I agree with Courtney. What a great analogy to help women undestand their roles and the impact they have on their loved ones. I for years used to think if only my husband could change this one thing about himself or if my son could just learn to not do that, then life would be perfect. Oh boy, God has taught me A LOT since I was saved 5 years ago! So many He has showed me but in simple terms I guess it would just be to closely rely on Him and ask for Him to make my motives pure and to really love my family unconditonally, then I let go and free Him to do His work and change my attitude. Things that I longed to happen in our family communication, finances, etc are starting to head in a positive direction and WITHOUT nagging! I noticed that when I allow God to give me a humble, gentle, loving spirit then my family responds in a more positive way. Just awesome how He works! Once again Jessica, thank you for your insightful posts!

  2. That is a good way to look at it, especially as the children get older and are able to do more things themselves. 🙂