So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
As human beings, there are times when we all have tasks to complete that we simply loathe. We just want to “get it done” and finished since it is something we don’t enjoy; difficult tasks always preceded by our choice to do them or not…
What about Paul who wrote two letters to the church of Corinth with the intent of helping them become a united church that ministered to the lost? In this portion of 1 Corinthians, Paul was focusing on principals that related to Christian liberty. What exactly is Christian liberty?
It has several references in the Bible, but it basically refers to the freedoms that Christians have as a result of Jesus paying the price for our sins. But, how exactly can this freedom relate to the process of being an accountable mom with things to “get done” and the endless choices before us?
I am reminded of a lesson my mother taught me from a very early age. As I learned to make a bed, my mother would tend to the most intricate detail in the process. If there was a mattress protector on the bed, the wrinkles on that protector had to be “pressed out” or they would push into the sheet that was going to be placed on top. As the dreaded fitted sheet was contributed, it was necessary to make certain that the newly added layer was also straightened out with no wrinkles in order to continue the process of “doing it right”. The procedure continued until the final layer of the bedspread was placed on top. I was always happy to visualize that bedspread which had a different texture than all the other layers. There could be a flaw or two because it didn’t show with the new texture, but the foundation was acceptable and worthy.
This process was repeated many days, weeks and years of my life, but there was a lesson learned that was far more important than the proper, complete way to make a bed and include the “hospital” corners. You see, during those times, my mother was saying aloud, “Anything worth doing at all is worth doing right.” Day after day; week after week; bed after bed…
We realize that we have the liberty in our Christian walk to do things the way we want to do them. God will not force us to make the right choices and follow His perfect will. It is our choice to seek His will. When we learn as a child to evaluate those choices, it becomes a habit to use that process in all our decision-making. Seventy plus years later, my husband, my children and my grandchildren can be heard saying, “I know. Mommie-O said, ‘Anything worth doing at all is worth doing right.’” I know that my mother, Mommie-O, would say that God was the one who said that…not her. As a great grandmother, I still often hear that in my head as I am doing things and making decisions at the age of 74. It began by being attached to a daily routine, but over the years it has become a way of life. Such practices can seem trite; however, when we observe the results, we give God the Glory for the great things He has done.
What is one specific concept that you can identify today that you want your child(ren) to take into their adult life?
Your fellow Able Mom, Nancy Middlebrooks
Dear Jesus, I give you glory for the small lessons I have learned in life. I ask you to guide me as I raise my children and teach them to depend on You in everything they do, think and seek.
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