Let's look at a contrasting day. You know, the day where I can't seem to get an ounce of schoolwork completed, the kids are uncooperative, the chores are piling up, the kids are bickering, I spill coffee on my freshly cleaned carpet, my toddler decides to "aim" for something other than the toilet, I have no idea what we are going to eat for dinner, I haven't had a shower and my husband is due home any minute! (Notice I have a lot more examples of a bad day - lol!)
|Yes, that is his underwear on his head! What a nut!|
If I was an amazing mom in the first scenario, does that mean I'm a failure in the second scenario? How do I base my successes and failures as a homeschool mom? Do I base them on how happy my family is at the moment? Do I base them on how much is crossed off my "list"?
John 15:11 "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."
I need to set my standard on the Lord. He is the one who gives me joy. We often think of joy as an emotion or a feeling. But joy is a fruit of the Spirit. It's not something we produce on our own.
Maybe what I consider a failure, God would consider a success. Did I control my anger and respond with discipline not just punishment? Or if I did "lose it" for a moment, did I ask for forgiveness - teaching my children the value of humility and the importance of forgiveness in a relationship? Did I lean on my Lord during that struggling day - thereby strengthening my relationship with Him?
The next time you are having a difficult day, ask the Lord how to make it a success in His eyes. I may not cross anything off my list, the house may be a mess, but I can still sing praises to my King for He is the one that gives me joy - not my lists!
God gave me my children, He gave me my circumstances, and He gave me His joy to carry me through.
Thank you, Lord. Life really is great!