There’s something important that you need to know…
What you do day in and day out matters. The dishes you scrub, the laundry you try to control, the diapers you change matter. The mundane tasks that make you feel overwhelmed and the discipline issues that make you feel incompetent…they matter.
It’s so easy to think that your days are filled with meaningless tasks, the exact same tasks you’re going to do again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that.
After the endless days and weeks and months of washing, and dusting, and putting away the toys, we might begin to think all we do is go ’round and ’round on the same spin cycle. And maybe none of it is important, and maybe none of it really matters in the grand scheme of things.
But that’s not true.
It does matter, and your efforts are noticed by the One who placed you in your home, with your husband, tending to the never-ending needs of kids and the never-ending messes of homemaking.
God has put you right where you are because that is where He wants you to bring Him glory. He wants to preach the gospel through your efforts and teach about grace through your failures. What you do in your day-to-day life is both mission and ministry to those around you.
God places a high value on the seemingly mundane duties of homemaking. In the Bible, Paul tells the older women to “train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home…that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:4-5)
What greater duty could there be? What greater calling? Through our service in our homes and our love for our husbands and children, we are guarding the reputation of the very word of God. We are ensuring that the truth of the gospel will not be reviled.
Our Actions Speak Volumes
When you change that dirty diaper, you are teaching your little one about unconditional love.
When you discipline yet another full-blown tantrum, you are instructing your toddler in the truths of righteousness and grace.
When you pick up the dirty socks and carry in the forgotten dishes, you are displaying selfless service.
When you pace the midnight floors with a crying baby, and review the spelling words that caused bitter tears, and fold more laundry than one family should ever create, you are a visible expression of what it looks like to lay down your life for another.
You are a picture of Christ to your family – in imperfect picture, but a picture nonetheless.
And that matters.