My veteran friend told me during one of many conversations that people called him and those who served a hero, but he didn't think he was one, he said that he was only doing his job.
In the context of military service, giving a part of one's life to serve your country is very honorable. I find it interesting that it isn't as honorable in other service positions in life. If you think about it, really most jobs are an act of service.
Today was a pretty normal day for me. I worked at the quilt store for a few hours. After that, I went home to do my full-time job of wife/mother/caretaker/finance-analyst andmanager/cook/organizer/cleaner/laundrymaid/grocery shopper/teacher/counselor/life coach/gatekeeper and the list goes on. Running a home well and raising a family of hungry men is a very busy line of work. I find honor in serving my family. After all Christ himself gave the example of serving others and taught that the greatest in the Kingdom of God would be the servant of all. The irony is that the work of keeping the family and home can often be referred to as, "Oh your just a stay-at-home mom?" or my personal favorite (sarcasm) "Your so lucky you get to stay home." I seriously think that anyone who makes a statement like that thinks that the what I do with my days on the job is played out like their days off enjoying leisure time.
So today was not exciting, but I was honored to serve my family. It is not a glamorous life. I never get ahead. It is crazy the amount of laundry a family can produce. And it is never caught up even when others are working on it each and every day. The dust never stays away and there is always a dirty dish in the sink (even when I just finished the dishes.) Honestly, it all drives me a little bit crazy and I have a very difficult time finding a stopping point to relax. My family pitches in but they are busy working and going to school and then our youngest needs a lot of care due to illness. But I am grateful to God every day I can get up out of bed and do the work he has so graciously given me and the ability to do it. Really, my service isn't to my family, it is to Him (even when I forget that is who I serve).
My hope and goal is to hear Him say when I reach heaven, "Well done good and faithful servant."
Jesus was the greatest example of a servent. God honors service and has given it great importance in his kingdom. Are you a servent?People need others to have a heart of humble service because we all need each others help and we all need to feel loved and well cared for.
Lesson: As my husband has said many times over, "All work is honorable." Do your work faithfully and serve those you live with you and whom you share your life with.