Although my children are still very young, I am still awed when I get to see them growing into who they will become. Everytime something like this happens, it makes me feel a little tinge of what Sally Clarkson talks about in The Mission of Motherhood
…As I pondered these thoughts, I was drawn back to the picture before me. How blessed I was to see that the kind of family I had dreamed of was indeed, by God’s grace, standing before me. Yet it had been years in the making, and the process had been fraught with challenges every step of the way… I had spent years praying and faithfully working to live out the dream that was in my heart… I had wondered if my dream would ever become a reality. But now I could see that… it was really happening.
I am definitely not to the point in my kids lives (they’re 2 and 4!) where I could make quite the same declaration, but it is happening on a mini scale each day.
This morning I was trying to get the house ready for yet another home showing. It is tedius and frustrating to try to keep the house perfect as we try to sell it, and last night I was so exhausted that I went to sleep with dishes in the sink and Lego’s on the floor. My kids are generally responsible for cleaning up their toys, and when there is a showing, my 4yo picks up the main level, the basement, and the bedrooms (on his own, without me asking) while I clean the kitchen and bathrooms. Then he vacuums all of the levels while I mop and then go behind him and vacuum anything he misses. He is such a sweetheart. As soon as he starts helping, my 2yo jumps right in.
I was thinking about how sweet he is and how generous he is when it comes to helping me pick up my messes, so I decided this morning to pick up his Lego’s for him while breakfast cooked. He was in the other room playing, so I quietly grabbed the empty Lego box and threw a couple of pieces in. I guess I wasn’t quiet enough, because he ran in the room with another box, smiled at me, and started cleaning. My daughter saw him, and she ran in and started helping me too.
Now, a few minutes later, breakfast is out and my house is cleaned up. My stress levels are way down, and a big part of it has to do with the fact that we are striving as a family to serve rather than be served. This is not a natural gifting for me in the least, so I think that makes it all the more special. Its just so cool to see your vision for your family as it becomes reality. Its amazing. God is so good.