Tell me if this ever happens to you. Let’s say I’m kind of having a not-so-great day. Maybe it’s that day a few months ago when I had a two year old, a one year old, and an infant, the washer caught on fire (not even kidding), the hose to it popped off and flooded the hallway, and I had to turn the water in the whole house off until it got fixed. And it was winter. I’m sure there were other “crises” that day – I’m sure someone blew out a diaper, more than likely I got spit up on, I cooked three meals, and no doubt cleaned up the same toys 16 times. Even if you’re not a mom, you’ve had this day.
You’ve gotten to work and you had a project due. Your network went down, leaving you high and dry. The other guy who was supposed to help you on the project called in sick, you forgot your lunch, and when the network finally comes back up at 3:30, you get busy, until the power goes out.
I mean, right? I’m sure there’s some Murphy’s Law about all this, or some expression about raining and pouring. There’s a mountain of work to be done, people to be pleased or helped, and these roadblocks leave us wondering if it’s really worth it. If it really all matters. Because no one’s calling me a hero for solving the washer problem.
I’ve asked myself a million times what the value is in one more load of laundry, one more encouraging text to someone who doesn’t reply, cooking one more meal, and realized it came down to who I thought I was giving up for. Who was I giving up my free time, my rest, my night’s sleep, my family time, my vacation,…who did I give them up for? My kids? My coworkers? My parents? Friends?
It came down to something Jesus said – If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. (Matt. 16:25)
And here all along, the reason I was getting discouraged was I was looking to the wrong people for affirmation, to notice. I was doing those things for his sake, or her sake, or their sake, but not His sake.
Next time you’re having that day, remember this one – it always packs a punch: “Work willingly at whatever you do, though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Col. 3: 23)
I’m Amber Pierre, mother of 3 (ages 3, 2 and 1) and expecting baby #4. I love to sew, but I’m not that great at it, and I love to cook, and no one has had food poisoning yet, which is totally how I determine that I’m a fantastic cook. I am home with my kids, and work part-time as a translator from home. Sometimes the lines of my “work” get blurry, and I wonder if one more load of laundry is going to make any kind of eternal impact. After doing some Bible reading, I’ve realized that it’s my attitude about doing the laundry (or whatever) that matters…