Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Putting Things Back into Perspective

Psalm 49:16-18
16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
.....when the splendor of his house increases;
17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
.....his splendor will not descend with him.
18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed—
.....and men praise you when you prosper-

I recently visited a friend who is a mom and works full time. I respect her dearly and I am very impressed with her balancing act, but after my visit, I felt very blessed to be in the place that I am. You see, before my visit with this friend, I was struggling with my own lot as a stay at home mom/wife. Not that I was discontent with my lot, but I began to grow discouraged over not being the mom/wife that I expected from myself. I was and still am having trouble keeping up with all the house work even though I am home full time. In addition, when I thought about this friend and her balancing act, I began to beat myself up about not being good enough. Yet, our visit put things back into perspective for me.

By God's grace:
1. I am blessed to have a roof over our heads, food to eat, and clothes to wear. Though we come close every month to falling short with our finances we always have enough!
2. I am blessed to have the opportunity and time to fellowship and build relationships with other believers and serve them.
3. I am blessed to have a Little One that loves me so much that she can't get enough of me.

Lastly, though I respect my friend's effort to balance a career and parenting, I felt a void in her life and I wasn't sure what it was that her and her husband were working towards. My heart went out to this friend after our visit because she (or her husband) has not yet responded to the call of the gospel. Of all the blessings, this was the one that was really put back into perspective for me. I AM blessed to have Jesus Christ as the foundation of hope and that we have an eternal inheritance to look forward to and that I have hope to offer to my children. I pray that God will pour out His grace on this friend and her family to also know Jesus Christ as the one and only true hope and inheritance to press on to.

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