Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
1 Peter 5:2 (ESV) Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
Matthew 10:37-39 (NKJV) 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Wow! So there it is! Jesus’ own words. So what do I need to do in my life to be able to serve more and to give my all, yet still be a good wife and mom? Because despite all I have said here today, I know that those are roles God has given me. “Mommy” is a job title that I treasure and I love making meals and going to the park with my kids. But are there other things that I am lumping into my mommy job that are not actually necessary, that are not obligatory to being a mom? Am I adding “rules” like the Pharisees did to the law?
I look at my missionary friends and the stories of missionaries I read, and I see some common factors:
1) Simple, small houses.
2) Not many extra activities. There kids are not in sports- they don’t really have them in the bush. Nor do they have a gym, so the moms are not working out all the time or training for a marathon.
3) Simple dress. Clothing isn’t a hobby, just necessary to cover you.
4) Plain wholesome meals. Not gourmet or fancy, just healthy.
5) Not much (if any) “me time”.
6) No t.v. and limited Internet.
Okay, that list really cuts me to the bone. That is my life I just listed. I do all of those things and really enjoy them as part of my life. But I realize these are the things that are keeping me from living as a missionary here. It’s not cooking, teaching math, or cleaning that are taking up my extra time, it’s all the other stuff. If I cut out the earthly, materialistic things, I could give more financially and physically to the kingdom. And if I just did the things that were actually required of me as a mom (not all the extra stuff I like to add to the role) I would have a lot more to give to Him.
In the words of C.T. Studd, “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.