I don’t do many things very well in life. I’m not excellent at decorating or sewing. I’m barely marginal at housekeeping sometimes. I don’t have the most beautiful singing voice and I didn’t get a degree – in anything.
Sometimes it can be a challenge to remind myself that I’m a contributing member of society. That what I have to say and offer, matters. I can look at what others are good at and think that their opinions matter more than mine; simply because of talent, or skill.
I may not be the world’s best cook, and I may not be the most athletic person, but I have learned that it’s okay. God didn’t make me that way. And even though I may not do many things super well in life; I look at my kids and my husband….and I see that they are the best things I have going for me. They are what I do best.
Loving my children….is one of the things I do best. Praying for them and teaching them values, morals, character…that is one of the things I do best. I see that now. I see that my husband and my children are the best things that I have ever done. Those choices I made to bring them into my life – life altering and life changing for me. They have caused me to grow in ways that no degree, award, or prize could ever do for me.
They are my best investment.
I don’t know about you. I don’t know if there are days where you feel like I did. Maybe you struggle with jealousy or feelings of inadequacy. Maybe your children are now grown and married and you’re just not sure where you fit in in life anymore.
What I do know is that there are people in your life that God wants you to bless. There are people who no one else can serve, love, or care for as well as you. Because you are the “best” for them. Maybe it’s your children who you are still raising. Maybe it’s your husband, or your grandkids. Maybe it’s a sister, aunt, or neice/nephew. Maybe it’s even an aging relative. But they need your “best.” They need the best of your love, the best of your forgiveness, and the best of your attention and care. You may be the BEST person to understand them or to help guide them.
It’s funny to me that the world so often looks at physical things and talents as what makes a person matter. Yet, God so adequately looks at our heart. And the investments we make in the lives of the people he has placed around us….those are the things He values the most and the ones that in turn, make us feel valuable.
I guess if I had to choose between being a well-paid business woman or a well-loved mother and wife….I’d choose the mother and wife every time. For love is the only thing that stays when the rest fades away.