This devotion by Charles Spurgeon (below) provoked a thoughtful look at my heart regarding my daily work. Sometimes the thing we have been called to may seem menial. As a stay at home Wife and Mom, I often feel looked down upon by others. There are moments when the enemy will try to lie to me and cause me to think I am wasting my skills by staying home to teach my children 2+2 and ABC's. Anyone can do that. And yes that's true, but no one can minister to their hearts quite like their Mama. Anyone can fill their heads with knowledge from books, but it is all of the in-between the lessons that hold so much value, and are what my personal calling is really about. Staying at home to teach my children is a huge gift and yes, even a luxury, not without sacrifice, but it is also my calling and what God has opened doors for and provided for our family. I am reminded that I must put my hand and heart to my work with gratefulness and determination, doing my best for His glory, pouring myself out to them, and for Him. Neither through attitude nor diligence, should I ever disgrace the daily work which God has most graciously and mercifully given to me to accomplish, may it be teaching fractions, baking a loaf of bread, or mopping a dirty floor. May I do it all with a grateful heart that glorifies God in the work which He has given me.
"Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called." - 1 Corinthians 7:20
Beloved, it is not office, it is earnestness; it is not position, it is grace that will enable us to glorify God. God is most surely glorified in that cobbler's stall, where the godly worker as he plies the awl, sings of the Savior's love. The name of Jesus glorified by the poor, unlearned carter as he drives his horse and blesses his God or speaks to his fellow laborer by the roadside, as much as by the popular divine who throughout the country is thundering out the gospel. God is glorified by our serving Him in our proper vocations. Take care that you do not forsake the path of duty by leaving your occupation, and take care you do not dishonor your profession while in it. Think little of yourselves, but do not think little of your callings. Every lawful trade may be sanctified by the gospel to noblest ends. Turn to the Bible, and you will find the most menial forms of labor connected either with the most daring deeds of faith or with persons whose lives have been illustrious for holiness. Therefore be not discontented with your calling. Whatever God has made your position or your work, abide in that unless you are quite sure that He calls you to something else. Let your first care be to glorify God to the utmost of your power where you are. Fill your present sphere to His praise, and if He needs you in another, He will show it to you. Lay aside vexatious ambition, and embrace peaceful content.
- Charles Spurgeon, Strengthen My Spirit, Oct. 15