Making lunches is not glamourous. Some people have made it look super cool with videos and snazzy lunch boxes, but I promise you, when I’m putting sunflower butter (because we can’t send peanut butter because of other kids peanut allergies) and jelly together at 6:30 in the morning for, like, the one millionth time, I’m not feeling like a food blogger. There are no cameras, no audience, just me and Jesus, closing plastic containers, packing sandwiches.
This is how I love my kids. One slightly bourgeoisie sandwich, a lunch-packed-with-tenderness at a time. It is in the small things. Kisses on the forehead, praying with them in the car, snuggle time “just because”, some time to run and play at the park, help with homework, correction at the dinner table. None of these things alone (especially not the sunflower butter sandwich) will make or break them, but with consistency, faithfulness and dedication, they will help to strengthen them as people. I honor these small things as key to stewarding their big destinies.
Sometimes I get wrapped up in my schedule, so concerned at the things I want to accomplish, that I forget that it is an honor and a privilege and steward my children. Even as I write this, my 6 year old is trying to take a nap on my typing arm and prevent me from finishing this post. Despite my tendency to be concerned with Lindsey’s agenda, I am reminded, my savior was not concerned with His timing, or even His own will, but clothed in humility and obedience so that He could carry out the will of the Father. The scripture puts it this way:
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5:8
For you, it may not be motherhood that seems super unglamorous, but you have a duty or duties that you must be faithful over that are less than social media worthy. The Lord says, “BE FAITHFUL”. If we honor Him in the small things in the spiritual and the natural, He will allow us to steward more. We see the principle at work in the parable of the talents where the master rewards those servants that were good stewards of what they had, regardless of how much they had:
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21 ESV
Lord, help us to honor You in the small things, and be reminded that they are big to you. Help us to be more like You and not so concerned with title and recognition that we neglect the things you have entrusted to us. Whether it be a job, moments with our children, a relationship, or our bodies, help us to remember that you own everything, and you’re coming back to inspect what you have loaned to us, your servants. In Jesus’ name. Amen.