Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Work. A Gift?

Blue Collar. White Collar. Salesman. Landscaper. Teacher. Retail Clerk. Police Officer. Pastor.

Mom. Mom. Mom. Wife. Wife. Wife.

So  many days, I feel like escaping. Or I feel like my life's work is in vain. Or it is not substantial.

What I know is the true inner fight is selfishness. Mothering is hard work. And one of the most selfless jobs out there. Better yet, it is the most self-exposing job out there. My heart's motives, desires, and just plain sinfulness get in the way, oh, so often. But the Lord keeps reminding me of His plan. 

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 reminds us, 
"There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him, who can eat or who can have enjoyment?"

Joy. Not only does God give work for provision, but he says we are to enjoy it. But, do you see where all these things come from?

God. And Him alone.

This will look different for every person. "Mr. Cartwright" is a laborer who works hard every day of his life to provide for this family. And for this I am grateful.

Me? I'm preparing for a new year in school as I teach my lambs. As I bring to them the truths of God's Word and world. I already feel overwhelmed and the year is not beginning for another 3 weeks, but I was encouraged today reminding myself of the journey I face and how God has planned this for me.
He is such a kind and loving Father.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sarah, You are such a beautiful mom to your children. They are SO blessed to have you and Mr. Cartright! I know how parents doubt themselves and feel like they fall short in the huge job of raising their children. It can feel overwhelming at times because our love for our children is overwhelming. But blessed are the parents and children who share this overwhelming love for each other throughout all the ups and downs of everyday family life. You, my dear friend, and Mr. Cartright are doing a great job of providing what your precious family needs. You know where your help comes from and you share that truth with your children. They are learning. Even when it doesn't seem they are, they are! They will never forget all you've done nor will they ever forget all that God has done. Keep trusting in this.
I love you, Patty