I have been frustrated by my life as a mom many times over the last sixteen years. I’ve been frustrated by how unbelievably arduous every movement can be from getting out the door to feeding everyone. My life has been consumed by serving in ways that aren’t always my favorite.
Yes, serving is a pretty major point in the life of a believer.
Yes, it’s the example Jesus set before us.
And yes, it still frustrated me.
I wanted to spend my life serving, but I sorta wanted it to look differently. Less mind-numbing and mundane service and more “fun” service.
I’ve wanted to be able to do more of the things that make me come alive like encouraging women through writing and speaking. But I was too busy dragging eight kids around town (lovingly, of course, because man, I love them) and teaching them at home to do much of anything in that realm. Women my very same age were working on their second and third books and I was working on getting my three babies in diapers to just not cry at the same time on any given day. For the love.
I always felt behind. The life I thought I wanted seemed to be passing me by. But do you know what God did in my heart a couple years ago?
He helped me see my limitations were not holding me back, they were preparing me. He’s been preparing us right in the middle of these trials.. right in the middle of what feels endless, so He can demonstrate what is boundless.
We haven’t missed it.
Our mundane every day is not for nothing.
It is the very place from which our character is established and our trustworthiness is proven. Seeing what I see from my current vantage point, I would have spent a lot less time complaining about the life God called me to and a lot more time resting in His plan for my days.
If I’m going to give my life in full service to God, I have to start with the life that’s right in front of me.
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