As I finally fell into bed on day #184 of our homeschool year, I wondered if what I was doing really mattered. I thought back over my day. Except for keeping two teenagers from killing each other, I’d done nothing earth-shaking or remarkable.
After breakfast, I hustled the kids to get out their books, checked math, and revised two compositions. I threw a load of laundry into the machine between a science video and a history lesson, and slapped lunch on the table. Later I did a few chores, met a friend for coffee, and rushed to make dinner. Tomorrow would be pretty much the same. Was I making a difference?
Maybe when my kids graduated from high school, I’d also graduate to more important tasks than folding laundry and grocery shopping. Maybe I’d get a real job. Or I’d be able to serve God full-time in a ministry that made a difference in people’s lives. As I drifted off to sleep I started dreaming about possibilities, but the next morning I woke up to the same ho-hum job.
Can You Relate?
Whether you’re showing up at the same desk from day to day or serving three meals and snacks to toddlers, if you’re like me, you sometimes wonder if your work really matters. Maybe you wish you had a more fulfilling role or ministry.
Bloom Where You’re Planted
The truth is that God has us right where He wants us today, so we might as well bloom where we’re planted. Just like an insignificant dandelion brings a bit of beauty to the spot where it grows, you have an essential contribution to make in your corner of the world. That little flower shows God’s glory, and you were created in God’s image to be his representative to the world around you.
You were created with a mission, so embrace it wherever you are. Put your whole heart into rocking that baby or toddler to sleep. Love on him all you can.
You were created to shine in your corner of the world. Show God’s glory to those tweens and teens in your carpool.
You’re the light of the world, so let your good works shine before the office mate sitting next to you. Let your good works shine before your husband the next time he asks you for a favor, and you feel you’ve already run yourself ragged serving your family.
You’re an ambassador for Christ. Remember that when you stand in front of your students, sit in an office meeting, or wait in line at the grocery store.
Your ministry may not look like much to you, but it’s what God has given you to do right now, and when you do it for Him, it becomes a precious offering.
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” ( Colossians 3:17)
What does your work look like from day to day or week to week?