Thursday, December 31, 2009

I used to think...

...that God called me to the ministry of motherhood because I was good at it. I grew up babysitting, was a nanny and taught Sunday school and youth group, by the worlds standards I was qualified. And in my own prideful eyes I too thought I was well qualified.


"It is the saddest thing to see people who are trying to serve God depending on that which the grace of God never gave them. They are depending solely on what they have by virtue of heredity. God does not take our natural virtues and transform them, because our natural virtues could never even come close to what Jesus Christ wants. No natural love, no natural patience, no natural purity can ever come up to His demands." O. Chambers

I confess, it took great failure as a mother before I realized that I was not called to motherhood because of "natural virtue," obviously, my own failures proved this to be so. But, it was because the Lord created me for this purpose and it is HIS WORK, I am just a vessel that HE chose to use. "For we are GOD's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works."

"The source of my life springs from YOU {Jesus}." Psalm 87:7


Jim and April said...

wow...thanks so much for this! As we are in the very beginning stages of this adoption, I sometimes wonder if I will be a good mother adn I am praying God would equip me to be the mother to our daughter that he wants me to be!

Kathy said...

I, too, have suffered under the delusion that God could use me because I was good at something. What freedom to realize that the only way I am truly of use to God is when He is the one at work, through me. Now my struggle is in just remembering this truth, and not trying again to do things in my own abilities. It's always good to be reminded that it is only God, only God.

Emily said...

I can understand the feeling, when your pride falls. However once it does what a glory it reveals in seeing the work of our Lord come through our hands.