My husband came home tonight and as I walked over to say hello, I realized that something was going on in my head. I was monologuing with myself, telling myself that I had done nothing since he had headed out to work.
But when I put myself to work to be specific about what “nothing” was, I realized that my thoughts were not true. I had done all of our laundry and folded it and put it away. Fed everyone. Gone running and had the kids ride bikes with me. Helped my son with his drone. Played with my daughter. Helped my kids prepare schoolwork. Given everyone baths. Gotten everyone to bed.
I had done a ton of stuff, but it didn’t feel valuable. Or important. Or world-changing.
Isn’t that the struggle? Realizing the value of what we do? That the things, the very ordinary things, that make up our hours and days and week, the things that create our relationships and build love in our lives, seem so insignificant?
But perhaps there’s more to it than that. Doing isn’t the issue. Knowing is. Knowing who we are. Remembering that we are loved. Beloved.
We are precious in our doing, but more than that, we are precious in our being. In our identity as chosen children of God.
“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 21:10-12
This Proverbs 31 woman terrifies most of us. She never binge-watched Netflix, she never wastes time, her kids never talk back to her or leave the house in their jammies. She is perfect.
But this lady, she isn’t so much a role-model than an path. A direction. Someone to be trusted. Someone who loves. Who brings good into her husband and children’s lives. How? By doing the ordinary stuff. This lady is cooking breakfast, planning household chores, prepping stuff for tomorrow late at night. She’s making clothes. Buying stuff for the family.
She is wise and kind. Lovely in her being. Her doing is featured heavily, but that is all a result of her being a woman who fears the Lord. And this lady ultimately, is ordinary. She hasn’t lost sight of the eternal in her very tedious, monotonous life, and that is what makes her extraordinary.
You, live this week lovely in your being God’s child. Joyful in all your ordinary stuff. Keep on keeping on because ultimately, that is what makes you extraordinary ♥