I’m pushing my cart through Wal-Mart, with three little ones tagging along. One is covered in dirt because he HAD to find the one mud puddle on the way to the van. One is pushing numbers into a calculator to help me make sure I stay on budget, and the other is trudging along behind asking “Are we done yet”.
I am frazzled, annoyed, and ready to go home. Then, I hear my name called. I turn around and am face to face with someone I went to school with. She tells me she is on break from work where she has some sort of an important job, accounting? Medical stuff? I’m not sure, as she’s talking I’m just thinking about the snot stains on my pants.
Then she asks, “What do you do?” I respond, “You know, I’m just a mom. Staying home, taking care of the kids.” We talk a few more minutes and as she walks away, I ask myself why I said that. Why do I always say that? I am not JUST a mom!
While I was at Allume, I took a fantastic session by Lisa Jo Baker. In that session, she talked about our lives, our titles, and our significance in Christ. She reminded me, that I am SO much more than JUST a mom! I took away so much from that session but am going to share with you two things that REALLY stood out to me.
- Titles are not important. You don’t need a big name to be doing kingdom work. For some, it may be a lawyer, doctor, singer, preacher. For some, it may simply be a mom. That doesn’t make our work any less important. And, there is no such thing as JUST a mom. As moms, God can use us. I went to this conference feeling like God was calling me to DO something. But, that my title as “mom” didn’t make me good enough to step out and DO it. I was wrong. Moms, God can use us. What we do is important. Even if we don’t have something tangible in front of us to see or feel. Our jobs are important because He gave them to us. Snotty noses, dirty fingers and full of messes. They are ours.
- There is more than enough work in the kingdom. Our work, our jobs may be different but we all have jobs to do. For some that work may be seen regularly on this side of heaven. For others, it may not be seen outside of our homes. However, all of us have work here to do. And, if we are doing what God has called us to do, it is kingdom work. Whether it is administering medicine to patients, or wiping snotty noses. For me, God called me to be a mother, God called me to be their teacher. And if God called me, He will use me to model what it is like to be called His in God’s kingdom.
My job is important. Your job is important. It is Kingdom Work.
When I lay my head down at night and think about my day, I may not have completed “big” things, or what some deem “important” things. But, I am right where God wants me doing His work; I am in His will and in the end, that’s all He really wants from me. For me to do MY kingdom work. Not someone else’s.
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For more encouragement in your journey as a mom, check out Lisa Jo’s book!