These *are* my disciples.
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
I often can get discouraged that I am not "impacting the world" or "reaching others," but this thought keeps coming back to me... These are my disciples.
I would not give up these 6 little people that *were* given to me to train in everything! yet somehow I find myself discouraged in my lack of evangelizing the rest of society.
I think it comes back to a misunderstanding prevalent in our Christian circles, "Missionary means those in foreign lands not me." But the Bible doesn't use the word Missionary it uses Witness.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
To be a witness I don't need to leave and go anywhere, I need to share right where I am. And for now that happens to be in the kitchen and laundry room and the teaching and training phases of child-rearing. This is where I have a real impact anyway. They see how I live and act, good and bad; they hear what I say and how I say it to them and to others. Is my life a reflection of Christ? They would be the best ones to ask since they see me in all situations and at all times.
A possible reason I think it is easy to fall into the pit of discouragement, is if you are doing what God has called you to, you will be in conflict with the world and with the enemy of our souls.
Another key point that's been on my heart...
Even "purposeful parenting" won't work if you aren't modeling what you are teaching. "More is caught than taught." It can be as simple as talking with your mouth full to tell them not to do so; or as important as not hearing both sides to an argument before deciding which child was wronged... "everyone should be quick to listen." <<< ouch! How many times have I convicted my little man without hearing him out?!? :/
So discipleship is living out my faith in the presence of the little disciples I am blessed to have, and all others that God places in my path, doing what I can to be a faithful witness. :) Right where I am.