Over the last couple of days, I have had the words of an old spiritual running through my head.
“I’m working on a building. I’m working on a building. A Holy Ghost building. For my Lord, For My Lord.” One of my favorite versions of the song is by Cindy Morgan. You’ll have to check it out on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plPy0BqgMnA)
Anyway, the Lord is speaking to me about the great privilege that we have to build a Holy Ghost building. This can apply in so many areas, but one of the biggest ways for us as women is that opportunity that we have to build in our children. What an enormous privilege and an equally enormous responsibility.
I will never forget when I had our first daughter, Anna, and how she changed everything. Things just seemed like they didn’t go as planned anymore. There was an extra person in our lives that needed care. It was then I discovered something; there was some ugly stuff inside me and I didn’t like it. I’m sure my husband was thinking, “Who is this woman?! This is not the woman I married!” The Lord was bringing stuff to the surface in me that He wanted to deal with and it is a continual process, but that is an article for another time.
As I began settling into the mother role and my children grew, there were times that I saw actions in my children that I didn’t like. (I know, Shock – Faint). Those things invoked fear in me and led me to criticism, yelling and nagging. In my heart, I just wanted my kids to be godly, but my words were not building. They were tearing down.
The Lord has been leading me into a process of teaching me how to work on these “Holy Ghost buildings” called my children. He is calling me to admonish my children: constructively teaching them with discipline, while drawing out the person I know that God has called them to be, rather than pointing out their faults, which only leads them to believe that those faults define who they are.
And in this process, the Lord is revealing to me the Holy Ghost building going on in me. The Holy Spirit gently leads us to truth, reminding us of things we’ve learned. He never speaks down to us, but continuously calls us into His divine purpose for our lives. Any other voice that we hear is not from Him. He is a God who is building. He’s building His Kingdom in you and He’s building it through You.
Let’s “keep right on lovin’, and keep working on a building too.”