There are many days I’ve gone from sun up to sun down without so much as a thought for my soul and my need for a Savior. It’s as if I’m so busy fumbling around, taking care of children, the house, bills, social events, school, church, that I get lost in it all and forget my true purpose on this earth. Was I created to do “stuff”; to pay bills and change diapers? Surely the answer is somewhere between yes absolutely, and no not quite. Being a mother is one of the highest callings. It stretches you in ways you never imagined possible, and yet sometimes makes you want to run far, far away from the madness you call life.
When I begin to feel the darkness creeping in, and my hope and faith are rocked yet again I have to search myself and force myself to think of the bigger picture. God created me to glorify Him, and to share His story, His truth with everyone I meet. Being a mom, my greatest job is to teach my babies, my children, God’s children, about Him. While Bible stories and praying together are wonderful, it isn’t enough. Truly teaching is showing by example. Phillipians 2:14-16 tells us “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
In other words we are not to grumble and complain while doing the tasks set before us, and yes that even means scrubbing caked on eggs out of a pan from yesterday’s breakfast….or wiping toothpaste out of the sink for the ten thousandth time this week.
For even in the mundane, the redundant, the seemingly insignificant tasks we accomplish every single day, is glory, honor, and the bare bones stripping of pride, selfish desires and sinful thoughts and actions. God can be glorified in our mundane. He can be honored in our toil. For as we work, we need to be doing it all for Him, and for His Kingdom. Although we may not see the bigger picture, God surely can. In Christ we are not insignificant, and everything we do matters and can be used for the cause of Christ.
I want my children to not only know this, but to feel this truth to their very core. I want them to do their chores not to earn tickets for prizes, or simply to please me, but to do it because they want to serve God and they can do that by cheerfully taking care of the things He has blessed us with.