This piece is part of a six part series talking about what it looks like to live as Wild-Hearted Women. There are so many voices telling us what we have to do and who we have to be in order to have a life worth living. But the Lord has called us to something higher, He has invited us to live with a wild-hearted freedom that can only be found when our lives are hidden in Him. I’ve invited five friends to write about finding beauty and meaning in the small moments of life, and stepping into what the Lord is calling you to do today.
I don’t think it gets much more “mundane” in the world’s eyes than the life of a mother. Every morning I wake up, get my son out of his crib & dressed, cook the same breakfast (oatmeal & berries), make the coffee, and see my husband off to work. The hours that follow are filled with reading the same board books over and over, diaper changes, temper tantrums, half eaten snacks and housework scattered in pockets throughout the day. This isn’t the glamorous “girl boss” work that our culture holds on a pedestal. Every day is about serving my family through the ordinary tasks and if we’re being honest, that’s not usually “instagram worthy”. But, if we are willing to have the eyes to see it, these seemingly ordinary moments throughout the day hold the most value, because they are often where God is the most at work.
You see, four years ago I would have laughed at the thought of fulfilling the wife/mother/homemaker role. As a selfish and impatient person that didn’t particularly like babies or young children, being a mom was last on my list of desires. However, God has the power to radically transform the desires of our hearts, and that is exactly what I have seen happen in my three years of marriage. As I learned how to not only take care of myself but also my husband, God slowly (and I truly mean sloooowly) brought me to a place where I found joy in cooking and cleaning, and now raising children too. The tasks that once seemed burdensome and unimportant I can take on with joy, knowing that God is at work in my service to my family.
When rice is cleaned out of the highchair for the millionth time, God is working.
When the laundry is folded and put away, God is working.
When lunch is made, God is working.
When the toys are picked up, God is working.
How? Because through every menial task that is done unto the Lord, his love is being shown and his kingdom is being glorified.
In our social media age where we have millions of people to listen to us all the day long, it’s easy to complain when our kid has their 12th meltdown of the day, or when the husband leaves his socks on the floor or when nothing seems to be going right. But showing God’s love to the world around you might look like choosing not to complain. It might mean having a content heart and choosing to speak and act with joy when the world wouldn’t expect you to.
Isn’t that a wonderful thing, to know that we don’t have to perform extravagant tasks to show his love to the world around us? Simply by taking joy in our daily servanthood and working unto him, we are reflecting Christ.
Simply and Wildly,
About the Author
Hey, I’m Becca! I’m a 22 year old wife to my childhood sweet heart, mom to (almost) 2 under 2, and a freelance brand designer. I’m passionate about living truthfully and intentionally in all aspects of my life, and love Jesus & his Church with my whole heart.