It’s a question I dread. One that should be easy to answer and yet, I still struggle with how to respond. Do you get asked this, too?
“What do you do?”
There are a number of ways I can reply. And a part of me wants to be comfortable giving the straightforward answer.
I’m blessed to be a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom who gets to teach children, not just my own, in many facets of life.
Even if I manage to get it out that eloquently, I still tend to get the tilted head. The same expression one gives when sympathizing…as if what I do isn’t much. And maybe it’s just me, but it takes all I have within to not go into defense mode.
Why? One can argue being a wife, mother, and teacher are the greatest roles God can give any woman and yet, some days, it doesn’t feel like it’s enough.
It seems society’s view on status quo can take its toll as the head tilt reminds me I am, in fact, the least of these.
And there’s no place I’d rather be.
I am right where He wants me. Cleaning up spills, picking up after others, washing…everything, preparing meals for those I love, being a help meet, finding what’s lost, educating minds, nurturing souls…
So why do I sometimes feel it’s not enough?
I often get that urge to do more,
make a difference in all the right places…
My husband and I are reading a book together, Managing God’s Money by Randy Alcorn (highly recommend). There’s a section that talks about us fulfilling our roles the way God intended: as servants. It’s hit me hard. And I cannot get these verses out of my head:
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
We all know God sees the details of life we sometimes hope to skim over. He knows what happens to the sparrow in my yard all the way down to how many hairs are on my head.
God pays attention. Let me be more specific: God pays attention to me.
Even more specific:
God takes notice of how I handle His true riches:
His children — the least of these.
And do you know what He’s been telling me lately?
It’s the little things that add up to much.
Friend, whatever God has entrusted you with, no matter how little it seems, believe me when I tell you — it’s a big deal.
We all know what He can make out of five loaves and two fish when given wholeheartedly…there’s no telling what He could do with whatever is in your hands.
No matter what comes my way today, I plan on giving it my all. I can make someone’s day. I can serve another with love. And I can remind myself:
- He doesn’t need me to rule the world — He’s got that covered.
- He doesn’t need me to reach a multitude — He’s after the one in front of me.
- He doesn’t need me to do more, be more — He just needs me to love the least of these. Which He’s fully equipped me for, since that’s what I already am.
Next time I hear that familiar question, It’s not going to bother me. I’ll smile wide and answer it humbly as I think about how God has given me three of the greatest roles ever conceived — A trifecta of trust.
Friends, we are servants to the King of Kings. And in this upside-down Kingdom of Grace, that little title is the biggest role there is.
“If Jesus meant for His followers to rule the world,
then why did He teach them to wash feet?”
Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church
How about you, friend? How can you serve Him today with what He’s entrusted you with? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.