When I became a mother, my senses were sharpened to notice worldly influences on my children.
I had new eyes. Television shows became a minefield of questionable content. I became more alert, even when watching commercials. So many images had to be blocked and hidden from my children’s innocent eyes.
I had new ears. Lyrics I had enjoyed before were unsafe for my children. I found myself turning the volume down and switching radio stations way more often.
I had new lips. With a desire to feed my children healthy food, I paid more attention to the preservatives and additives in our purchases. I made changes to my cooking habits and bought more fruits and vegetables.
After making better choices for my children’s sake, I tasted the fruit of goodness myself. I didn’t miss racy or morbid television shows. I didn’t want to listen to negative, worldly music anymore either. I craved healthy food more than junk food.
God used those years to sanctify me…a fancy theological word for cleaning, making holy. I believe God wanted to set me apart from the world as a special treasure for himself, and He was sanctifying me with goodness.
His light in me created a craving for goodness. The closer I depended on Him as a young mom, the more I longed for what is good and right and true.
Even though my children are older now, I still choose the fruit of goodness for them and for myself. We’re engaging with media differently, building critical thinking skills. I allow them some freedom in eating junk food, but the majority of their diet is healthy and wholesome. I pray that as they grow, they will choose the fruit of goodness because they saw me choosing it for myself.
Questions for reflection:
How did your choices change when you became a mom?
How does the fruit of goodness produce healthy cravings in your spiritual life?
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