Monday, February 26, 2007

My finest efforts

Today I'm doing laundry. Load after load, folding. Matching tons of socks. And washing sheets: another child was sick in the night.

It's mundane work, but it helps me keep perspective on where my priorities lie.

Last week (despite my toe situation), I worked hard, with a whole team of ladies, to prepare for two hundred women to come to our church. I was on the phone or on the computer (or in the car going to church) way more than usual.

It was worth it - Saturday's Beth Moore simulcast was awesome! All of us worked together - everything ran smoothly, the food was great. I enjoyed meeting and getting to work with so many people I hadn't known before Saturday. Most importantly, we got to hear that God is our deliverer. It was powerful (hopefully I'll get to talk more about it this week - meanwhile, go buy the book!).

Which brings me back home.

My family also worked very hard last week - giving me the support I needed, even though it meant inconvenience to them. They didn't mind the house being messier than usual or the fact that they had to dig to find their clean socks (Why is it that those things bother me so much more than them?).

My kids got to appreciate a bit of what I do all the time. That dinner does not miraculously appear on the table every night. Food does not magically appear in the pantry. Laundry does not wash itself. They realized they can do more, and they did (although I also realized I have more work to do to let them share the load)!

But they also got to appreciate what I don't get to do all the time. They got to see that Mom has some passions that extend beyond the walls of this house. A few hidden talents beyond matching socks and staying on top of the family calendar. They got to see a job well done and the sense of accomplishment that comes from working hard on something.

I admit, I really, really enjoyed it. The camaraderie of my new-found friends and co-workers in ministry. The challenge of a deadline. Watching what we had prayed for come to pass. Watching lives changed by God's Word.

But I choose to come back here - mentally and otherwise. No matter what outside endeavors come my way, no matter what enjoyment or challenge I get from volunteering, from writing, or from “ministry," I want to make sure I always put my finest efforts into my priority: My simple life at home, loving on my husband and taking care of my children.

Even if that means doing laundry on a quiet Monday morning.


Deidre said...

Okay.. I'm not sure where my original comment went...

I attended the Simulcast in my city as well. Awesome! I came home mentally exhausted because it's just so much to chew on. It's so necessary to take the time away from being a Mommy and a wife to get renewed spiritually. I missed my kiddos and they missed me, but we are both better for it.

Anonymous said...

Those wild socks drive me nuts too! Seems like there's a monster in the back of the dryer that swallows one and leaves 5 mismatching singles every load! Just wanted to say I've been reading your posts for a couple weeks and thought I'd officially say "Hi" and I enjoy your writing and positive encouragement in our mission of motherhood. Blessings...

Susanne said...

I love it when ladies pull together to put on something like that. It's so fun to get to know people as you're working together to get something accomplished.

Beckyb said...

Yes - I have to wholeheartedly agree - I started that book last week and am LOVING it - it was just what I needed when I needed it!! Sorry to hear about another sick one - ugh - that is never fun - one of ours was sick this weekend - in a hotel room - with NO POWER!!! Gotta love it!!

Cathy Fry said...

I did laundry today too, and it seems never ending, even though my 3 kids are raised but I have, 4 troubled boys that live with us all the time. I think today I came up with 5 or 6 lost socks somewhere between the hamper and the dryer. Where do they go? What is the name of the book, right now I'm doing the online study Believing God with a friend of mine and it is awesome. I remember those days of doing sheets do to another child sick in the night. This too shall pass. Have enjoyed your sight, I will be back to visit again.

Laura said...

Hello! I attended the simulcast as well up here in Canada! It was amazing...I'm still thinking about it days later. I'm so thankful to my husband for giving me the opportunity to go. It was wonderful! Can't wait to read your take on it.