"Where there is no vision, the people perish . . . " -Proverbs 29:18
Have you been in that spot of vision-less existence? Where the day-in and day-out steal your passion and the demands of life blind you to purpose?
In the midst of diapers, and dishes, and laundry, and work . . . have you ever just wondered if any of it matters at all? Like honestly, will these endless sacrifices ever make a difference in this world? Am I wasting my life here?
And then the diapers, dishes, laundry, work, child rearing continues on as you feel stifled in a lack of purpose. A lack of passion. Really, a lack of vision.
Motherhood can feel so very "blah". And as the days and nights go on and on, it's so easy to believe the lie that what we are doing in this moment doesn't matter. That our everyday lives--these tasks we complete, the small sacrifices we make, the love we extend--will never impact the world.
Really, I think it's one of the devil's best lies to us moms. It leaves us feeling defeated. Worthless. It steals our visions, passions, and purpose. And causes us to forget that Christ has called us to do even the mundane for His glory.
Today, I want to remind you of the truth.
And the truth is that your life today--the one you are living right now whether it be extraordinary or everyday--matters. It matters so much!
I hear you laughing you know, the one reading this at 1:20am with the baby almost sleeping on your shoulder.
And I get it.
Fill a sippy cup. Change a diaper. Wash the dishes. Soothe the infant. Bedtime baths. Midnight feedings. Breakfast messes.
It all feels like it's adding up to a whole lot of nothing.
But you know, it's often the everyday actions, decisions, or conversations that alter the course of history.
You read those words, but I know you don't believe them yet. So before I go on, take a moment and watch this video . . . I promise it is worth it.
One of the things I am struck by in watching that video is that these were average, everyday choices really. The choice to see a problem and work towards a solution. The choice to do a job well. The choice to spend time with and encourage a young boy. The choice to see a life as valuable and raise that child.
In those moments, I doubt they realized they were shaping the course of history. And I wonder if they ever really knew how those actions impacted lives the world over.
There are certainly tales of grandeur and marvelous feats that impacted the world . . . but often, the world has been impacted by those who simply showed up. By the ones who chose to be present. By those who lived with integrity. By those who faithfully did what they were called to do.
You know, I think in part that's the reason we were given the exhortation to do all things as unto the Lord.
We simply don't know what action, choice, or conversation the Lord may use to touch a life. Who will in turn touch another life. Who will touch another life . . . and maybe even alter the course of history.
And so mom, your life today matters. Those everyday decisions, they matter. The faithfulness, the sacrifices, the perseverance all matter.
Because of the life you live today, someday someone will be able to say . . .
because she loved . . .
because she served . . .
because she talked . . .
because she showed up day, after lonely day . . .
because she gave grace . . .
because she raised . . .
because she worked . . .
because she followed Christ wholeheartedly . . .
because while no one was looking . . . she flapped her little butterfly wings . . . and it impacted the world.
Be encouraged friend,