Are You a Shepherd or Fisherman Type of Mom?
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the lofty task of raising little humans who make a difference in this world for Jesus?
Mona Corwin, founder of Moms Like Us, knows this feeling well and has a heart for helping other moms shepherd their flock’s hearts through all of life’s ups and downs. In this episode, she uses John 21 to help the overwhelmed mom become what God has called her to be for her children.
“The most important thing to God is people,” Corwin said, emphasizing the integral role moms have as they steward their flocks with excellence.
In John 21, Jesus calls Peter, a fisherman, to step out of his familiar profession and become a shepherd to God’s people. “We are shepherds even though we might feel like fishermen,” Corwin said.
Although it takes work to wake up and step into mom mode every day, Corwin encourages mothers to guide their children like a good shepherd would for their lambs by keeping the wolves away and creating a safe space for them to roam, explore, learn, and grow.
Jesus gently taught and guided Peter out of the comfort zone of casting a net into the sea and helped him gain confidence in the divine purpose of fishing for people instead. He will do the same for mothers, who are near and dear to His heart.
Corwin points out how important it is for young shepherds to follow and learn from older and more seasoned shepherds in the beginning. The same goes for new moms gaining wisdom from older women as they answer the call in Titus 2:
“They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children…” (Titus 2:3-4, ESV).
The reality is moms only have 18 years of major influence over their kids’ lives as they guide them through successes and failures, which makes the weight of the mothering style they choose very apparent and worth considering.
Throughout this episode, Corwin only seeks to lift up fellow moms and help them go from fishermen to shepherds as they live out one of the most essential jobs on this earth.