For years I kept a small rhinestone crown above the kitchen sink, so I could see it while I cooked and washed dishes. It reminded me that despite the long hours I spent in the kitchen, I was more than a dish washer and a short order cook. That little crown reminded me of my true identity in Christ.
Do you ever struggle with feeling defined by what you do (and don’t do)? I spend my days in a flurry of home schooling and serving alongside my pastor husband. Sometimes I feel like everything I do is half way. The house is halfway clean, and I’m a halfway wife and mother. Meals are haphazard. At the end of the day, I’m a grumpy mom with grumpy kids and a living room strewn with books. So I must be just a dumb housewife who can’t get her act together, right?
Our True Identity
Our value flows not from what we do, but from the fact that God loves and values us. We’re wonderful, amazing works of art, fashioned by God. We’re beloved children with a secure identity that originates from a love relationship with our Father.
However, since sin entered the Garden of Eden, our natural bent is to stray from God. So we strive to find our identity apart from Him. If you take God’s love out of the equation, you’re left with what the world tells you: your identity comes from what you do, so your work had better be significant, and you’d better be successful at it.
So we let what we do define us. And we’re left feeling small.
- Maybe you ended up as the low man on the totem pole after a restructuring at your office.
- Maybe you’re a stay at home mom, and by 5:00 p.m. the house is a wreck, the kids are a wreck, and you have nothing to show for your labor.
God’s word speaks of a sure identity for his children: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)
You’re God’s Masterpiece:
When God created you, He made someone beautiful and amazing. He fashioned you in His image, with the capacity to reflect His glory to the world around you in a way that no one else can.
Your Work Has Meaning:
You were created to do good works. They may not look like much in the world’s eyes, but they’re what God prepared for you, and it gives Him pleasure to see you do your work for him.
Remember that the next time you:
- Throw one more load of laundry in the machine.
- Read a story to the little people on the couch.
- Do a favor for your husband.
- Reach out to a hurting friend.
You’re a one-of-a-kind daughter of the King. That makes you a Princess! So keep on shining, whether at work or at home. Keep on shining for those kids you drive all over town. I wish I could give you a little rhinestone crown to keep in your kitchen.