Are You Letting God Use You Where You Are?
We can’t all be missionaries who travel across the seas, and we aren’t all called to preach in front of hundreds of people. I have recently realized that we can’t always control where we are in life, but we can use our gifts anywhere God has planted us.
Just the other day I was washing dishes, when one of the glasses broke. I was forced to go to the emergency room to get stitches in my hand. Every ER visit usually follows the same type of pattern: They ask you a lot of questions, check out the problem and hopefully help you get back to some semblance of “normal.”
One of their questions really had me thinking…“Are you employed?” I had to say no, I just stay at home. As I answered the question, I suddenly felt ashamed. I felt like I was being judged as lazy and worthless because I stay home. Keep in mind they never really gave me any reason to feel that way, but I assumed and convinced myself this is what they must think. Here they are working and helping people, while I stay at home and watch Mickey’s Clubhouse and talk to babies all day. It has gotten to the point that I find myself minimizing my role, that I’m just a stay-at-home mom.
I can’t join every activity there is at the church, and I can’t commit to helping a family move or deliver meals. I do what I can. I try to make cards when I have free time and send them out to people for encouragement. I bake cookies once a month for the church, I work in the church nursery and I sing on our praise team once a month.
While doing the same routine of cleaning, cooking and taking care of children I find myself, more often than not, feeling as if I have no worth. These negative thoughts flood my thinking often, when I see all these other people doing things for the Kingdom.
One night in Bible study I was sharing and I started off by saying, “I am just a stay-at-home mom.” The older, wiser women (who had once been where I am in life) came back with something that stopped me in my tracks. They listed off the reasons why staying at home was my way of serving God.
I realized that I really was serving the King. I’m not out taking care of others, but I am keeping my home in order, taking care of my husband, and my four children who are being brought up learning about Christ. I am exactly where God wants me. He planted me here and I have one of the most important jobs in the world.
Proverbs 31 reminds me of this…
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:10-31
I know that I am not going to be a stay at home mom forever. My children will grow up and God will call me somewhere else. It may be the classroom, or something I’ve never dreamed of.
All I know is wherever I end up, I will use the gifts that God has blessed me with and I will continue to serve Him there.
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