The Most Humble Thing

by Audrey on January 3rd, 2013

Mothering is one of the most significant things a woman can do ~ yet it is also one of the most humbling things.
 
We clean messes we don’t make.  We care for other people’s illnesses. We care for the intimate needs of our children.  We lie on the floor cleaning toilets. We sweep up dirt that we don’t bring in. 
 
We wash clothes that we do not wear.  We clean throw-up, whether it is thrown up by people or animals. We clean spit-up, we wipe bottoms, we lose sleep at night with sick children, afraid children, and can’t-sleep husbands. We do all these things and so much more . . . just because . . . we love our family . . . and because we are called by God to do them.

It is so significant.  Yet it is so humbling.  Especially today when women have so many choices.  When women believe these kinds of things are beneath their education level.  When the world has trained women to think they are such wonder women – hot mamas – smart women –
 
Yet God’s calling is a humbling calling.
 
But you know what?  God promises to revive the spirit of the humble. His words - Isaiah 57:15: For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit  In order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite."

When I do the most humble things, recognizing that I am not too good to do them, God revives my spirit ~ He revives my heart.  God reviving, refreshing, encouraging my heart is so much better than the recognition of people.
 
God knows what you do when no one else does.

Being a wife, a mother, a listening friend for someone who is hurting, being at home, raising children, helping with grandchildren, taking care of aging parents  – all those are little things that no one sees.  They aren’t noticed by colleagues.  They don't bring promotions or bonuses.  They offer no immediate rewards in the eyes of the world.   But God says we are to do it.   And He notices.  He remembers.

What God says is so different from the words of the women on the latest television programs, or the newest movie box office star, or the interviews in the latest issue of a magazine subscription. 

You know, I’ve tried to live and teach the reality that humble service is noble service.  We spend most of our lives in humble service.  

And when we do, we are most like Jesus.  He spent most of His earthly life in humble service. Jesus cleaned messes He didn’t make.  He healed and touched people who were dirty and gross.  In fact ~  think about it. 
 
God the Son left all the glory of heaven to become a man ~ to be an embryo in a woman’s womb ~ to go through the birthing process, to be a little child, to be brought up by two sinful parents, to be baptized by a sinful man, to be tempted in the desert by the devil himself, to go without food, to be beaten, despised, rejected, homeless, spoken against, abused, criticized unjustly ~ and then to be stripped naked, hung on a cross, dripping blood ~ and think about the fact that at any moment He could have stopped it all. 
 
Yet He didn’t stop it all.  He didn’t stop it because of the joy set before Him – you and me – His death and then His triumph over death – is the only way you and I can be brought into a right relationship with Him.

When I think about that, how can I demand the place of honor that belongs to Him alone?
 
Micah 6:8 says that He has told us what is good.  He has told us what He requires of us.  To do justice.  To love kindness. To walk humbly with Him.
 
James 4:10  tells us that we are to humble ourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt us.

So - back to mothering in the home.  These are humble, quiet years of doing the next thing.  Things like loving a husband, loving children. Cleaning messes.  Instructing.   Facing trials.  It's a season of small children, small meals, small things. 
 
A season of first things first.  Building into little lives. Little things like rescuing a baby duck, finding birds in the yard, talking about spider webs, and baby raccoons. 
 
It's a time of reading inspiring stories.  Making a baby laugh.  Letting a baby cry.  Sending a pouty child to be alone to work it out. 
 
Teaching God’s truth to children ~ in the family, in the family of God, and possibly to children in the neighborhood.

No one notices though.  No one shouts "Good job!"
 
Except God.

So even if so many seem to no longer value the small things in life, I will.  Even if some seem to no longer value humble service, simple things, the power of living a quiet life of obedience to God in the everyday moments of life, I will. 

Little people grow up.  Parents die.  There comes a time when we can no longer do humble service.
 
Long ago, when Adam and Eve rebelled against God and chose to disobey Him in what they perceived to be a small thing. Satan convinced Eve that it was no big deal to sin against God.  But it was.  It was the biggest thing of her life ~ even though it seemed small. Yet it was so significant. Both she and Adam made a such a big mess.  But God didn’t give up on them.  In fact, He set out to clean up a mess He didn’t make. 
 
In fact, He sent His Son
 
His Son is Jesus . . .
 
Scripture tells me that although He existed in the form of God, He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
 
Therefore God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.



Posted in Biblical Womanhood, Marriage, Mothering    Tagged with Mothering


4 Comments

Julie - January 3rd, 2013 at 8:18 PM
I love this.
Kelly - January 4th, 2013 at 8:09 AM
Thanks for the reminder... :) I've felt a bit sideways lately...someone else shared this article:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-morrison/motherhood_b_2271349.html but it didn't really pick me up at all... Five minutes later, I came to this link & felt like I'd just opened a window...
Kristen - January 17th, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Love love this!! Thank you so much for this reminder!!
Amanda - January 17th, 2013 at 8:41 PM
Thank you... this is just what God wanted me to hear :)

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