I looked at the clock. Nearly 11am.
But I’m not dressed! My living room is the same disaster I woke up to! That load of clean laundry is still lying crumpled on the couch! Has anything even changed since I woke up, late again…??
I started feeling a bit discouraged. The air left my sails, even after two cups of coffee… Then, someone prompted me to think on what I did do between 8am and 11… so I started writing what I thought was going to be a disappointingly quick and easy list…
Fed two hungry boys
Changed a poopy diaper
Welcomed a friend dropping off 4mo-old Lincoln
Said good morning to a happy baby girl
Changed her diaper
Skimmed and posted an article to FB
Half nursed her, because a full nursing is far too long to be still for a 9mo-old
Woke a hard working hubby trying to catch extra shut eye
Briefly entertained four children
Helped a potty trainer to the potty twice, two makes!
Doled out rewards
Changed a completely blown out diaper, change of clothes and all
Bottle fed a baby, simultaneously finishing a nursing
Put 9mo-old down for a nap
Walked 4mo-old to sleep
Folded a load of kitchen towels from the dryer
Moved laundry accordingly
Fixed snacks for hungry boys
All while fielding multiple random conversation pieces from the boys…
I don’t mind that listIt is not disappointing at all. Children fed, nurtured…
After making the list, I felt compelled to remind other moms that their productivity is measured by God’s approval. Not because there are many things on the list. And definitely not because other people would find the items significant. Children fed, nurtured… that brings glory to God. I think God would approve of my list.
I have been freed from the chains of disappointment. By His grace, I can go about kissing foreheads, making lunch and vacuuming floors without worrying if I have accomplished enough. Christ has done it all for my salvation, none of these earthly works can win that for me in the end. I need only trust in Him, repent of sin. I have faith that this is true, therefore I have work to do, too. Precious, good work fit just for me to please Him.
I shouldn’t need to make a list to be reminded of that… but sometimes it helpsGod has equipped us all differently, perfectly for our own seasons and circumstances.
So, while I’m off to give high-fives for a puzzle well done, help a baby boy back to sleep and make sure the 3yr-old poops in the potty, you may have a different lot given to you… You may be on your lunch break at work. You may be off to the grocery store. You may be finishing up history read alouds, moving on to that same math lesson you attempted yesterday…
Let God measure whether your work is significant or not. Rest your mind on Christ’s completed work. That is where our faith lies. Work unto the Lord with a joyful heart because you can rest in the Hope Christ has provided and the relationship He has provided us with God the Father. Show your faith to be alive, because “as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead” James 2:26.