Monday, March 5, 2007

Hope Spring Eternal

2 Cor 4:16 . Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward [man] is being renewed day by day.

Having a rough “momma day” so far. The Vikings appear to have plotted their multi-weekly, slash-and-burn, pillaging of our home this morning…as it usually occurs on Mondays when Da Hubby returns to work. It’s just after 10:30am and there have already been time outs and a trip-and-fall blood letting.

However, hope springs eternal. Renewal in Christ is assured. I am reminded by the tiny miracle Da Hubby pointed out to me yesterday in the front planter of our home. And, I keep hearing Pastor Debbie’s voice in my head from yesterday’s sermon. I am convicted.

We are created to serve God. (Eph 2.10)
We are saved to serve God. (2 Tim 1.9)
We are called to serve God. (2 Tim 1.9 and 1 Peter 2.9)
We are commanded to serve God. (Matt 20.28)

She explained how there is no small service to God. It ALL matters! And, that one’s service is desperately needed in the Body of Christ. What would happen if our physical hearts used all our “spiritual excuses” to avoid its’ service in our physical bodies: I’m too tired. I need a rest. Someone else does it better. Let another step forward to this job.

And, we are all in our different seasons. But, service is NOT optional! It is the heart of Christian life. And, right now, in this season of my life, my area of service is my husband and kids. They are “all” I have time for but that is OK. This is where God wants me right now. It’s too important to do otherwise. My service at home is not so small to be dismissed. In another season, I’ll be able to work more directly in my local Body’s ministries but, for now, I do what I can as He would have me do.

“Being a servant means giving up the right to control your schedule and allowing God to interrupt it whenever He needs to.” So, I say: “Here I am, Lord, send me!”


dcrmom said...

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Cheryl said...

What a good message and reminder. We are rather fond of vikings around here - with roots in Newfoundland where the Vikings landed long ago... it may just explain the pillaging and plundering my crew can accomplish in one day!

Karolee said...

Our family is studying the Middle ages right now and just finished reading about the pillaging and plundering of the Vikings. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Carrie said...

That is a great sermon "blurb" reminder. Mondays are so boring.....back into the work week without Daddy around anymore. Only so many ways to entertain a 4 month old! You reminded me that there's nothing so little as to be unimportant. Thanks!

Denise said...

Great post.

svea said...

thanks for stoppin by.I am half swedish hence the name svea and have my own little svenska flika. THank God that he views life differently than the NYSE cuase otherwise I would be back on the mission feild where I spent 5 years traveling the globe, but now my little mission field is one sweet gal and her soon comin bro or sis in July. and of course my hubby. Bless youas you clean up from the monday whirlwind =)

Stacie said...

I keep thinking now that I am a SAHM I should get involved in service work, but the kids and house suck all of my energy most days. SIgh. They'll be older soon, and I'll be able to give more to other people as well. Great post.

Debbie said...

I am fully feeling what you have described as hard as it is to admit it. There is no such thing as "Just a wife and mother" we are sooooo much more. How blessed are we that we can train more than one child to love the Lord?

Speaking as one that was more heavily involved in "outside" ministry at one time,I want to be effective where the Lord has me at the moment, and I have struggled with this. I know that I have to surrender and do what God wants me to do NOW, no matter how insignificant I feel.