One thing I often hear from stay at home moms is that they feel they aren’t reaching out with the Gospel of Christ. They are so busy running a household, they have time for little else. (Remember my post on What You Need to Know About Being a Mom Many Littles?) These woman want to be spreading God’s Word, but they can’t find the time, the energy, or the babysitter. I’ve even known some women who gave up homemaking and homeschooling in order to make a greater impact on their community for Christ.
What these mamas are missing is the mission field right in their very homes!
Before you hang up on me because I’m being trite, please listen to these words written to me in an email by a Saladmaster Cookware representative who visited our home last week:
“Your family is truly amazing and I felt I was on very sacred ground being in your home. I am in homes all the time and see interaction in all sorts of wonderful families but have to say, yours is a real stand-out! I consider it a privilege to have been among you.”
That blew me away. Sure we get comments as we are walking down the aisles of the grocery store or in restaurants, but to have someone who had been around us for more than 10 minutes give such an amazing testimony to the Light of Christ IN OUR HOME blessed my busy homemaking/homeschooling mama heart!
My children as a mission field.
My mission field has always been my home. I care for children all day long, doing my very imperfect best to instill the Gospel of Christ in them. My intent is to raise them as arrows for the Lord to one day be shot out from our home and carry the Gospel with them. Thus, the name of this blog – Raising Arrows.
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.”
Often, a mother of young children won’t see the fruit of her labor until much later, giving her the impression she’s not really reaching anyone. However, a funeral we recently attended gave me insight into what a faithful following looks like at the end of the race…
The gentleman who was being remembered died at 93. Although he was raised in the church, he did not become a true Christ follower until he was 40. By that point, he had been married quite some time and had 4 children, but it changed his outlook and attitude dramatically. However, he lived his life as an ordinary man, doing ordinary things; the difference was that he now did it for and in the name of Jesus. Because of this, his impact on his world was EXTRAORDINARY.
All 4 of his children are believers, as well as most of their family and extended family. All of them spoke highly of him and how he ministered to them as a family. His work in the community was done in the capacity of his various jobs, and he was well-loved by those who knew him.
Once, he counseled Ty not to worry about taking the “right” job, but to do something he enjoyed and work for the Lord there. He did a lot of work in the church, but again, it was done in the capacity of the gifts and realm of influence the Lord had already placed in his life.
Visitors as my mission field.
The day the Saladmaster representative came to cook us dinner, we all pitched in and cleaned the house. That was the only thing I did to prepare. In fact, I’m pretty sure half of my boys had on jeans with holes in the knees. I had to leave the kitchen several times to change diapers, my 4 year old kept playing with one of the pans, and my 2 year old took off with the 1 pound fat glob the guy brought as a visual to explain how to cook healthy meals. Perfect it was not.
But, it didn’t need to be perfect. It just needed to be authentic.
Being a missionary is easier than you thought.
Being a missionary is a calling all Christians have and it has very little to do with your training or your location. As a mama, it is about being authentic with everyone you come in contact with from your husband to your children to the mailman to the Saladmaster representative. It isn’t about saying the right thing or looking a certain way. It isn’t about being the perfect hostess or reaching the most people. It is about living an ordinary life, doing ordinary things in the name of an extraordinary Savior!
So, next time you are tempted to believe you aren’t really doing the Lord’s work, or what you are doing is much too insignificant, remember WHO is doing the work. It isn’t you. This isn’t about you. Be faithful where you are. The Lord didn’t accidentally give you these children or this life. It was planned with a purpose. Work where you are FOR HIM, and let Him do the rest.