Lately there has been a lot of talk about investments. Some say invest in gold others say commodities. Don't ask me because I'm pretty sure that I couldn't give you an answer either way. While I'll admit that I don't know a lot about what is good for you to invest your money into, I can tell you a few things beyond a doubt that are worth investing in. Your walk with the Lord, your family and your church. It may sound so elementary, but if that was the case then we would see Godlier Christians, Godlier familes and churches growing and abounding in the Lord. But as the focus of this devotional, I want to speak specifically to Moms and wives. I know that at some point all of us have thrown up our hands and said in the flesh..."Is this all worth it?" This past week we all have been sick. Vomit was flowing (not to sound sick) and everyone was feeling knid of cranky. It took me at least four loads (my usual is one a day) to get rid of all things soiled by this last bought of the stomach bug. I know I don't have to tell you this, but I was singing hymns and thanking God for the stomach bug during the whole ordeal. Ahem....Okay I have to be honest, I was feeling kind of grumbly about the whole situation, mostly because I wasn't feeling to great myself. I'm not trying to sound sarcastic, but only trying to make the point that amid the daily pressures of life as wife and Mom we often may find ourselves feeling kind of unimportant or robotic, if you will, in carrying out our tasks.
This isn't the first time that God has reminded me and I KNOW it won't be the last, that all the little things are just investments into something I won't see the full return on until I get to heaven. You might be thinking, how is cleaning up vomit, and cleaning toliets and whatever other soiled thing an investment into anything? Well consider this...think of all the kids all over the world who have parents who neglect them and don't care for them and meet these most basic needs. I guarantee you that someday those parents are going to get a return on their "lack of investment" and it's not going to be what they expected.
You see every little thing you do, not matter how insignificant...it all is an investment into something that will give you a sure return. That's why it makes me so mad when people try to talk down being a wife and mother as if it is some lesser position...don't get me started on this. A Godly Mom and wife is such a precious thing and not one to be taken lightly or overlooked. Just like being in a race (which reminds me..I need to use my treadmill) it takes endurance and preparation. If your in it for the long hull, grab your Bible, immerse yourself in the Word of God and go, go go! On days when your covered in vomit and your hair is a mess and your still trying to get caught up on the growing mound of laundry, you're going to need the Living Word of God to pull you through. On days when you can't find your cell phone, your socks,one of your children or that little bubble gum wrapper that your husband had an important phone number written on...don't look back....just keep going. When your kitchen floor looks like a test lab for coffee, banana's, dog hair and some other unidentifiable substance...keep going. Ask God to give you a happy heart (I do it all the time) as you serve your family. Think of your home and family as your greatest investment! A happy hubby, happy children...these are proofs that your investment is a good one. "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands (Prov. 14:1). One of the best ways to build your house is to have a joyous heart in serving. On the contrary, one of the quickest ways to wreck your home is to have a cranky attitude and acting like every thing is drudgery. No...this isn't always easy. It takes being spiritual and relying on the Lord...everyday.
Just a quick note before I close...as I wrote this my sweet Meg just threw up...again. No joke. Just as I was writing about throw-up...time to make an investment. The blankets and clothes went into the washer and once again I'm reminded that not all investments are of monetary nature. Some may be covered in silver or gold, others wrapped in precious jewels. My greatest investments are straight from the hand of God, woven in my womb and given to me to care and love. For me...my family is worth the investment!
Hebrews 12:1-Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Remember...part of our "race" involves being Mom and wife. How are we running it?