We had a brunch this morning at the station recognizing and bringing together pastors from all over the city. Before things started, Tim McDermott our president introduced the on-air staff one by one and said a few things about each. "Jen Driskill is a marathon runner and teaches music lessons in her spare time. Mike Kankelfritz has been on the Morning Show for 6 years and has blessed the city of Houston in more ways we can count. And Liz Jordan... she's a new mom."
I smiled and waved but as I sunk down back into my seat, thought to myself, "But wait, I'm more than just a mom. I've run a marathon too, I've traveled the world, I’ve had a great career… I’m more than diapers and spit up!"
A few weeks ago my Pastor Chris Seay spoke on the gifts of the Spirit. The message burdened me heavily and for days later, I questioned what it was God was trying to teach me through this passage in 1 Corinthians. After this morning, it finally became clear what He was showing me.
Now, I can only speak for women here, but I know we all struggle with our purpose on earth, we compare our lack of abilities to other’s accomplishments and sometimes long for life situations that appear better and more fabulous than our own.
1 Corinthians 12:5 says “There are many different ways to serve, but they’re all directed by the same Lord.” He’s so clearly made each of us unique, our gifts and abilities completely different from one another, yet He uses them together, like a fine tuned machine, for His purpose. Sigh.
Later in the passage, Paul references the “the body of Christ” and how it’s made up of different parts. Verse 15 “Would it seem right for the foot to cry, ‘I am not a hand, so I couldn’t be part of this body’?” And verse 17 “Imagine the entire body as an eye. How would a giant eye have the sense to hear?”
In this new season of my life, I realize how hard it can be to see how God has purpose in the mundane. But I don’t want to look at others around me with jealousy yet instead be thankful that changing diapers and doing my husband’s laundry are things I get to do, ways I get to serve as my specific role in the Body of Christ.
Something else that altered my perspective was when I started saying "I get to be Jordan's mom, I get to be my husband's wife" instead of saying "I have to do these things..." It's a priviledge, and no one else can do it like I can for my own family.
We've been playing this song from Steven Curtis Chapman called ‘Do Everything’, and it has a really awesome message.
“Do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you
Cause He made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do”.