Two things gripped me as I read through the scriptures and devotion.
- How much do I teach this concept to my children? Do I reward their joyful obedience with responsibility or with ease? Am I preparing them for heaven or laziness? (I could expound on this, but I will refrain for now.)
- Randy Alcorn counts stay-at-home moms as part of the "meek and humble".
I don't consider myself very meek and humble. In fact I am a rather proud and confident person. But as I thought this through I realized what Mr. Alcorn meant. He was talking of lowly, seemingly unrewarding jobs.
Motherhood can be a drudgery sometimes. It can make me want to take a vacation from it all. There are times I don't want to do the work well or with a happy heart. There are also times where I don't trust God to help me accomplish these tasks, so I shouldn't expect him to give me strength or more work.
If I want this "job" to be a picture of heaven on earth I must do it with joy in service to my family and to the best of my ability. Where the reward comes in is when I accomplish these tasks God gives me more responsibilities and challenges (IE. organization issues, emotional educating of growing children, financial changes).
As a summary here is a statement from Randy Alcorn:
"Some think that faithful work should be rewarded by a vacation for the rest of our lives. But God offers us something different: more work, more responsibilities, and increased opportunities along with greater abilities, resources, wisdom, and empowerment (sharp minds, strong bodies, clear purpose, and unabated joy)."
I desire to taste that here on earth. That is my prayer for myself and all other moms that I meet.