We are told to use all of our talents, yet I feel unfulfilled by doing laundry, washing dishes, and changing diapers. In fact, when I first became a stay-at-home mom, I despised the idea of becoming “domestic.”
Are you someone like me to let laundry and dishes pile up? Or do you get so occupied with other worries that you’re not spending enough quality time with your children?
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My main weakness is that I never fully finish what task I’m doing. It’s that one pan left on the stove because I don’t want to clean it. It’s that one hard-to-reach spot when I finally get around to vacuum or dust. It’s that painting project I’ve wanted to finish for years!
It is a flaw that I must always be conscious of and persistent in doing a job well done.
It seems so insignificant, but it seeps into other parts of my life:
Did I finish saying that prayer or did I get distracted with my phone?
Did I complete what I promised someone I would do this week?
Am I following through when I say “no” to my children?
As Catholics, one of our spiritual goals is to always better ourselves (Not to be confused with being better than everyone else), but rather to be fully ourselves. Like as Matthew Kelly (cue: Australian accent) would say “Perfectly Yourself” in his book I highly recommend.
We will never be perfect, but we can be perfectly ourselves! This is exactly what God wants from us.
God has a purpose for everything in your life.
So, I ask the BIG question:
I have so many talents, why would God want me to be home with my children where I can’t fully use them?
He may need you to learn the skills of maintaining a home, in order to do good work for Him in the future.
He may need you to develop perseverance through a toddler tantrum to know that you will have patience for His chosen people.
He may need to know that you can be consistent with something small, like continuous laundry, to be trusted with something very important to Him.
At this very moment in our journeys, we may not be able to handle or even desire the plans He has for us yet. We must trust Him that He knows what He is doing.
God has a plan for you and your talents, but you must first learn how to properly use them according to His will.
Any Olympic athlete or night-time retail manager needs to be trained in order to do things the correct way!
Doesn’t God need to do the same for you?
If you were a piano student who continuously practices the same song with the wrong notes, you will have a hard time ever getting it correct. But if you practice and are diligent with every. single. note., the music will be played as it was created to be.
The same applies to us, as moms:
If we are diligent about keeping our home and family together in every little detail (no matter how insignificant the task may seem), we will grow into the person God intended us to be.
We may discover we have more talents within ourselves waiting to transpire.
Our talents will only fully be utilized when we learn to accept and complete every. single. task. in a way that whole-heartedly shows our love for Him.
23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.