Sometimes after long days filled with mom-type duties, I can begin to struggle with feeling a little under appreciated. It’s not attractive. It’s bad, it’s ugly… well, its real ugly. And today was just one of those go ahead and feel bad for me, kind of rainy days. So, this morning as I was praying my way through this struggle, yet again, I came across Luke 17:7-10. This scripture follows the passage where Jesus warns against leading the little ones astray. The disciples are then asking how to increase their faith and Jesus assures them that with faith the size of a mustard seed, a mulberry tree could be uprooted and planted in the sea.
And then Jesus says this to his disciples,
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
The blessing of teaching, protecting, caring for and loving our children is certainly my greatest joy… usually. But on this day when selfishness had taken its ugly root in my heart, I was beginning to feel entitled to a little more praise and appreciation than little people in our home were offering. I am so thankful that God used this passage to work in my heart and remind me of who I serve and why. As I serve my family, I am first and foremost serving my King. Even though our children may never be impressed by the amount of loads of laundry I have done in one day, it is still my gift, my joy, my privilege, as His unworthy servant, to serve Him in my home. In light of all He has done for me, I have only done my duty by doing so.
Praising Him once again today, for His holy word and the way in which it molds my heart and my motivations.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10