Small beginnings... Even though I don't have wee babes anymore, my life is still full of small beginnings. New readers, new learners, new concepts, budding believers... Some days I fall prey to despising the small beginnings, viewing them through impatient eyes, wanting bigger results, looking to the future and possible greener grass. Yet as James says, "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.'"
What's the Lord's will for my life? This question comes to mind often. Sometimes unsure of my place in my husband's ministry, I'm quickly reminded of my ministry. It's wrapped up in three growing girls. They are my ministry. They are my disciples. This came as a revelation to me over nine years ago when reading one of Sally Clarkson's books, The Mission of Motherhood, in which she compared the intimacy Jesus shared with His disciples to the intimacy a mother shares with her children. The daily walking and talking, the training, the living... even in the small beginnings.
It may come in the form of picnics outside, the making of omelets, and watching the 24th flip of the day. It's in doing life with these precious girls and others around me! The rewards may seem few at the moment, but the legacy, I pray, will be great! "Our children are messengers that we are sending to a time we will not see." May our impact be great. May we be intentional with our priorities, looking for those teachable moments. May we understand the urgency.
"The greatest waste in all the earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day." - Billy Graham
May we see our lives as more than full-time babysitters, but instead as disciple-makers, paving the way for future generations. What an incredible and amazing calling!