A few weeks ago I sat tired, pregnant, and overwhelmed as my friend, Kari, taught the teenage girls in our church congregation about finding purpose in our lives. As she told the girls this story I wept as I remembered what really matters. I thought maybe it would help you, too.
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Recently, I taught a lesson to the Young Women at church. The lesson was titled 'Our Purpose in Life'. I shared with the girls an experience I had the two days before:
Friday afternoon my husband left town to go camping with the scouts. I had a fun weekend planned with my three children which included popcorn, candy, movies and a sleep-over in the living room.
Not long after my husband left I discovered that my bathroom was flooding; the toilet had a leak!
Previously, I promised my husband I would do his farm chores. So the next morning off I went. It happened to be snowing as I drove to the farm across town and I thought I could get to the barn despite all the mud. I was wrong, I got my van stuck in the mud! The chores still needed to be done, though. I could easily see the van from the barn, so I left my kids in the warmth and fed the animals. I could hear my kids screaming as I opened the door to the van. The first thing I saw was blood! My sons had gotten in a fight and my older son scratched my younger son's face (he had just gotten stitches out of his forehead earlier that week and his fresh scab was scratched off as well).
I closed the door and tears filled my eyes. I thought to myself: is this why I'm here, to deal with things like leaky toilets, muddy cars and messy faces? After I whimpered a quick prayer, I knew that that is ABSOLUTELY why I'm here!
Because of these unfortunate events, I was able to become a better mother. That weekend, I was able to be an example to my children as I stayed calm and found a way to stop my toilet from leaking and get help for my stuck van. I had the opportunity to teach my children as we talked about alternatives to fighting and hitting. I was able to nurture my children as I cleaned my son's wounds.
I know what my purpose is. It's to be a good mother!