"But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God."
I happened upon that verse the other day when I was having some quiet time with the Lord. I love how scripture that you have read a million times before can have such new life and meaning to you at different stages in your life. Some of my sweet friends and I have been doing the Beth Moore Bible Study "Daniel". It's not a study for the faint at heart. My point in mentioning it is that at first glance, the entire book of Daniel may not seem relevant to our day at all. In fact, most of it may sound really bizarre. But, there are two things that I have really taken away from this study (besides the obvious eschatology, theology, and history lesson) are that 1: The Bible was written in a way that it is and always will be relevant. Every.single.word. It has made me want to dig deeper into books of the Old Testament that I may have once not felt very interested in and 2. That my sole purpose here on this Earth is to be a light for Christ so that others may know Him. Period. It's all about Him. It has nothing to do with me.
Now in that purpose falls so much detail, but that is truly our only purpose. I think Paul states it so eloquently in the verse above in Acts. As a mother, I have often found myself a little lost as to what exactly my mission entails. As a nurse, it was easy be a light for Christ as you are constantly amongst people in anguish and seeking comfort. The sick are all desperate for Christ whether they realize it or not.
However, in current days, it is hard for the world to believe that motherhood in and of itself is truly a job as well. However, when you realize that these precious little ones are your mission field and that you are raising warriors for Christ...well, that just totally puts a different perspective on my day with them. They are not my job...they are my mission, my purpose. They are who God has called me to be His light for at this moment.
People say being a mother is a very underpaid gig. I disagree. These children are more precious than any jewel on Earth. My payment will be the day that I see my children accept Christ as their Savior. And although I cannot save them...only God can do that...it makes me realize how great a mother's purpose is in the life of her child. Our only purpose is to lead them to Christ by allowing Christ's love to flow through us.
Blessed. So, so blessed I am.