"…What does it matter what committee you serve on? What promotion you get? That book you labor to write and push to publish, someone will end up resting a coffee cup on, without any care as to your sacrifice. Your children are only young once. Your marriage provides you a chance to put someone else first daily. Such things refine your soul." (p.285)
~Carolyn Weber, Surprised by Oxford
Another little gem from one of my very favorite books. I struggle with this: wanting to do something that "matters" – something that "counts". Some of that is pressure that I've felt in the missionary/ministry culture I've been part of my whole adult life, and some of that is pressure that I put on myself. If I'm honest with myself, what I really mean by that is something that other people notice and recognize.
Our church women's group recently finished a four-session study on the Proverbs 31 woman. Our conclusion was that God doesn't ask us to do all of those things mentioned in that chapter at once. We all have different gifts and different callings and are in different seasons of life. Just because God has called me to do one thing in this season, that doesn't mean He won't call me to do something else in a different season. So…no pressure. Bottom line: do the thing that God has put in front of you to do today. Do it faithfully. Trust Him for the outcome.
Such things refine your soul, regardless of whether or not anyone else noticed.
My Bookbag This Week:
Devotional: Galatians with the Paul for Everyone Commentary (NT Wright)
The Daily Office Lectionary Readings and Prayers from The Trinity Mission
Theological: You Are What You Love (Smith)
AO Book Discussion Group: I Promessi Sposi (Manzoni)
Personal Choice:Gilead (Robinson)
Poetry: Collected Poems 1909-1962 (TS Eliot)
With my Hubby: Emma (Austen)
Family Read-Aloud Literature: Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery)
*I am also reading Charlotte Mason's Volume 6 for a local CM book club, but these meetings are infrequent, and it is my third – or fourth? – pass through it and so I just read the brief section assigned as our meetings come up.
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