What is work worth doing?
Sometimes, I would feel like I’m thrashing about in life, crashing in all directions. Aimless, like a headless chicken, and nowhere near my dreams. Engaging in pointless and purposeless activities, generating ideas that don’t appear to work.
Seemingly profound questions pop into my mind like white strands of hair pop out of my head. Both are signs that I am becoming more mature… Maybe!
What’s the significance of my existence?
Do the things I do matter?
What am I doing here?
I would find myself dissecting my dreams (awake or asleep), staring into space and gazing at my husband’s and my children’s faces, searching for answers.
One weekend morning, I woke up earlier than usual. The children were still sleeping. I grabbed a cup of warm water and our Bible. I sat down, watched rays of the sun through the kitchen window and prayed to God to show me His answers. He pointed me to the book Matthew, chapter 19.
It is divided into three sections.
The first is about divorce. When I saw it, I was tempted to randomly flip to another book, but realized that this was where I was led to. It was where I should be.
After all, marriage comes before divorce, right?
4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
This was a reminder that one of my purposes is to be a wife after God’s heart. I am to be one with my husband and I am to always respect Him. We are partners.
The second is about little children and Jesus. God was telling me that as a mother, my work is my children.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
I am to lead them to Jesus, with my thoughts that manifest into words, with my words that manifest into actions. To do this, I must always look to Him myself, to seek Him, to ask of Him. I need more love, more courage, more wisdom from Him so that I could guide my young ones properly.
The third is about the rich and the kingdom of God.
Who doesn’t want to be rich? I know I want to be. I could buy what my family members need, what we want. I could give to our relatives, to those in need.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
But, Jesus tells us in the Bible that hoarding earthly riches is not our purpose. Storing heavenly treasure is.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Now, it’s clear to me what my purpose, rather, purposes, are. I know that doing what I do is not for naught, but also, I could be better. I am a wife, a mother; and to do these jobs for the Lord and according to His will, that is work worth doing.
Have you been searching for your purpose? Do you think what you are doing now is aligned with your life’s objective? 🙂