School starts in our area this week.
On my news feeds there will be tons of sweet pics of kiddies going to school. Some will be in new clothes heading off to public school. Others will be in cute uniforms heading to private school. Some will be heading to their dining rooms for homeschooling and others will be in co-ops around town.
So many are judging and in essence, comparing themselves and their choices to others.
God has called each of us to different paths and just because I have been called to stay at home with my children and educate them here at home does not make me crazy or better or holier!
I was called to motherhood by His grace and love.I was called to stay at home with my children, which was such a great desire of my heart and something I had prayed for as far as I can remember.I was called to homeschool our children. I didn’t pray for that one! But I am in awe that He would allow me to do so.None of these callings make me better or greater.I am not proud of any of these callings because honestly, I didn’t choose them. I was called to them and I am blessed to be able to walk in such callings.
I’m especially not proud of these callings because honestly, I’m not good at any of them.
Motherhood is hard no matter how He has called you to walk this journey.
Going to work and being away from your kids for so many hours is hard.
Building relationships with your kids and finding time to be intentional with them when they have been at school for eight hours is hard.Taking your kids to school and trusting that they are safe and cared for while they are away from you…that’s hard.Coming home after work to clean and cook and do homework and trying to spend time with your kids is hard.Having your kids with you all day long and praying you are doing a good job teaching them is hard.
Trying to figure out school and life and mixing the two is hard.
IT’S ALL HARD. Every decision. Every part of this journey, no matter what you are called to is gonna be hard. Of course there are positives and negatives to every choice. There are easy and difficult aspects to all of it, but over all, the journey is long and sometimes arduous and the last thing we need is for someone who isn’t walking our walk to judge and condemn us!
Why does God call us to so many different paths?
1. In each of our callings there is vulnerability and we must learn to depend on Him rather than ourselves.
2. In each calling He is teaching us and growing us.
3. He desires that we surrender to Him daily and seek him daily for more of him so we can walk out these callings relying completely on Him alone. He has given us the grace and mercy and strength to carry all He has called you to, to completion.
4. He is teaching you that HE makes you enough for whatever He calls you to. The gifts He has given you are exactly what He needs of you in all your callings. No one else will do for what He has planned and purposed you to do.
Who are we to judge and compare each others callings? How dare we be so bold and audacious to say what we do is better or braver or harder?
He has called me to be home.
He knows what I need to rely on Him and He will call me to those things because ultimately, He desires that I am completely devoted to him. That’s why He calls me to motherhood, to working at home and to homeschooling and that is why He calls you to your callings.