Thursday, November 12, 2009

Job Description

I don't take any credit for this. My sweet longtime friend, Wendy, introduced me to Nancy Wilson's blog a couple of years ago. Yesterday we were discussing this post and I was telling her how it made a big impression on my heart and how I've been applying it.

Mrs. Wilson wonders if Paul had mothers in mind when he wrote I Thessalonians 5:14 "Admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all." Don't you agree with her that's a very good description of mothering?

I made myself a sign out of the verse, printed in one of my new favorite colors (orange :) and mounted on a slip of scrapbook paper. It now hangs prominently in my kitchen, where I see it often - to serve as a reminder of my job description.

It's been posted for about a week now. I find it interesting that each time my one of my children has a need - a need that "interrupts" my "work" and I'm tempted to get frustrated - meeting the need falls easily into one of the four categories! The Big Boys getting off-task in their schoolwork? An opportunity to admonish the idle. The 5yo has a high fever and keeps us up all night? An opportunity to help the weak. The Littles are grouchy and lacking self-control because of hunger? An opportunity to encourage the fainthearted (and give them a snack.) The end of a long day, when my "to-do list" seems untouched and I feel like what I need most is just a BREAK!? An opportunity to be patient with them all. (And... as Amy Carmichael says ... a "chance to die" to self.)

Is it my nature to do this? No way! I'm so selfish, and I do love crossing things off my list. I wrestle with my flesh constantly when it comes to dying to myself and "walking" in the "good works" (Eph 2:10) the Lord has prepared for me in each moment - especially when those good works seem to be interrupting the good works I've planned for myself. That's exactly why I made the sign - I need a visible, present reminder for I have much learning and growing yet to do in this area.


Mary @ The Writer's Block said...

LOVE THIS! Thanks for this idea. I love having Scripture posted around the house.

I'm off to print my sign for my kitchen. ;)

Cathy said...

Me too! Am going to steal the idea for a space over my kitchen sink. Thanks for the inspiration!

she who must be obeyed said...

I like this idea - I also need those visual reminders - I keep the verse about Martha and Mary in my kitchen to keep me in line when I start becoming overwhelmed and forget about the one thing needful. It is helpful to have visual reminders in the day to keep us on track :)

Mary@notbefore7 said...

OH girl...I read this yesterday and it came to mind again today.

It has hit the nail on the head for me.

After the 3rd cold has hit the house, the infant is sick, the toddler is messed up from no sleep, the girls need educated ;)...the list goes on.

I actually thought, "I am trying to do the next thing, but everyone keeps interrupting me!!!" LOL!

I thought of this post...and just took care of the sick baby, trying to stay patient with them all.

God bless!

mom24 said...

Having Scripture visible always helps me! It really slows me down and helps me to 'act' instead of just 'reacting' of my own will. And it's pretty too!

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Kim said...

I agree--that verse is a great encouragement for mothers! Thanks for sharing these thoughts.