People say I am just like my dad. We look the same, act the same, think the same. But I would argue as I get older, I am becoming more like my mom. I am fairly independent and determined to forge my own path and identity. I always thought I wanted to do something different from my parents (which is probably true of most kids). But the older I get and the more I think about what I want to do with my life, I find myself saying things like, “I want to help women know themselves and know Jesus more.” It’s funny because this is what my mom has been doing for as long as I can remember.
Growing up, we always went to MOPS. Our local MOPS group became a part of our weekly rhythm. I remember being at MOPS all the way through junior high school. I wasn’t really aware of what all MOPS entailed, but I knew my mom loved it. Now that I’m grown, I can see that one of my mom’s biggest strengths is cultivating community. When my mom walks into a room, everyone there immediately has a new friend. She has the ability to make people feel known and seen in a split second. My mom’s ability to make friends instantly is a quality I’ve always desired for myself.
The truth is, I’ve always wanted to be like my mom. I want to be a person who is known for being a great friend, kindhearted, hilarious and just a little bit sassy. I want people to say I’m brave, patient and creative. MOPS was the community that began to foster and refine these attributes in her. MOPS helped my mom find her passion and live it out. MOPS helped her find healthy rhythms and safe places to process the hard stuff. MOPS gave my mom a platform to speak truth about Jesus to moms all over the world. I’m proud of who my mom is and what she does for the kingdom of God. Most of all, I am thankful for MOPS for giving her the opportunity to be who God created her to be.
As a Leader, your sphere of influence extends beyond what you can imagine. It may be years before you discover the impact you make or, honestly, you may never fully understand how many lives you are touching. But the fact is, your investment is making a difference – not only in the lives of moms, but in the lives of their daughters and sons.
Megan Sisk is passionate about seeing people invest in intentional communities and experience the love of Jesus through discipleship and worship. She lives in Costa Mesa, Ca with her husband, Nolan, and puppy Charlie. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and works full time in Residence Life at Vanguard University. She is also the daughter of MOPS Leader, Melodi Leih. Melodi’s MOPS service spans over 20 years, as a MOPS Leader, Volunteer and staff.