What if my children are my greatest ministry?
We may say the words, but we struggle to believe it’s enough.
Over the weekend, I had a conversation with my daughter on FaceTime. Heartfelt disappointment hung heavy in the air; she tried out for a part in a play and didn’t get it. With tears streaming down her face, I could feel her sadness through the phone.
My heart went out to her, I simply listened and let her cry. Sharing the words that somehow soothe my own soul, I told her, “Everything’s going to be okay.”
I shared with her the truth – that I was actually more proud of her for trying out and not getting the part than if she’d gotten it.
If she had gotten the part it would have been easy. Her character wouldn’t have been tested. Difficulty and dealing with disappointment is what builds character. This has proved to be true in my own life.
Even though I wanted to take away her sadness, I couldn’t have been more proud of my daughter in that moment.
When our character is tested and we are forced to deal with what bubbles to the surface in our own hearts – we wrestle with the truth, with what we really believe about God and about ourselves.
The pressure we put on ourselves to perform, produce and succeed is so great. And it starts at such a young age. What if we took the pressure off ourselves to change the world and focused on allowing God to change us?
What if we focused on the small? What if we realized our greatest ministry is staring right back us. . .
What if being a mom is enough?
This article originally appeared at KathleenEvelynCope.com.