How Far Can We Go?
Ain’t no mountain high enough, Ain’t no valley low enough, Ain’t no river wild enough, to keep me away from you.
Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson 1966
Well, the sky could be the limit, but what are we talking about? It makes a great song, but honestly, there is only one love that can claim to go with us everywhere and be invincible.
As a human, I know what is meant when I see the words such as, “I am a mother, I may look calm and genteel, but if you mess with my family you will see…” and of course there is some threat that goes along with it like “I’ll show you seven kinds of crazy”.
I know that feeling, but in reality, we all know that will only go so far because I can only go so far. Even if I lay down my life for my family there is only one life.
We pray that we would be courageous enough to be willing to go the extra mile for our family. To be willing to lay down our life if need be. Yet on the other hand…How many parents are willing to live for their children?
As adults we find it too easy to compromise and fail our families. When Old Fuzzy and I were married we didn’t talk about how many children we wanted, where we wanted to live, or…we didn’t talk about a lot of things. When we realized we were going to have a baby then we had some serious communicating to do.
We started out renting a house in town, six months later we rented a house in the country. By our first anniversary, we were full-fledge farming. We didn’t have lots of things but we didn’t suffer either.
When we were faced with having a family I told Old Fuzzy I wanted to be a stay at home mother like his mother and my grandmother. We adjusted our income to a single income family—to live on one income.
We learned to live within our budget, we had a good garden, and we worked together with our family. Basically, we were frugal and didn’t need the newest anything that came along.
Hubby and I were eighteen when we were married, had our first child when we were nineteen and didn’t look back. But our first and foremost concern was how would the Lord want us to do…from raising our family, running our home, and all of our relationships.
We didn’t get everything right but we sure made a good stab at it. Even today, or maybe I should say especially in today’s world the Lord still walks with us. God first and family second.
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.