First off, what a title. Wow. This past Sunday, the service was VERY different than what you would typically experience at SoulQuest. We had a discussion panel talking candidly about the Coleman family and motherhood. But there were two things that I (Austin) totally forgot that were probably the two most impactful.
My mom had two statements she repeated to my sister and I our whole life. I remember going on dates, and before I left mom saying one or both of these statements to me. It wasn't "Don't do drugs." It wasn't "Don't be a stupid teenager." When I was in college 800 miles away, it wasn't "Don't do this or that" It was always one of these two statements.
1. "Be Jesus."
This simple two word statement has stuck with me my whole life. Mom used to say this when we were good, when we were bad, when we were minding our own business. And honestly, it's some of the best advice for parenting or Christian living in general.
Sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves that we miss being Jesus to our world. Sometimes we have to step back and remember that momma always said to be Jesus. Think about how to be Jesus, then be and do that! That will make your faith so much stronger!
2. "Remember who you are and whose you are."
Gosh she said this so much. And honestly I don't even know the exact way she meant it. It was either "You are a child of God and you belong to the Coleman's" or "You are a Coleman and you belong to God" Either way is a great challenge AND encouragement.
When you are told your whole life that you're a child of God and you're a Coleman whether you win or lose, there's safety and security in that. There's safety that I'll never not be my mom's child and I'll never not be God's child.
This statement also has a lot of, "Hey, you're a Coleman, and you've been blood bought by Jesus. Now don't do anything stupid and embarrass us." And honestly I think that's more needed. Kids, teenagers, and adults alike need a strong voice reminding them they are loved. They also need a voice just as strong reminding them of the responsibility of representing something bigger than themselves.
So, if I had to go back and tell the two biggest lessons I learned from my mom (that you may want to apply to your parenting), these two would take the cake.