Posted by William and Tamara Eaton on Friday, 6 February 1998, at 9:44 a.m.
I'm SURE you're not the only who has struggled with these questions. I think we can be encouraged by the way Jesus ministered to others while on earth. He saw many needs and had many demands upon His time yet He was able to say to the Father at the end: "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do." John 17:4
He didn't do everything that needed to be done, He didn't do everything that He had the ability to do, but He did do the work He had been *given*.
Wouldn't it be an awesome thing if *each* member of the Body of Christ would concentrate on the work he has been given?
I know that in this season of my life, God's will is for me to concentrate on ministry to my husband and children first, and any other ministry He allows me to do won't detract from this most important role as wife and mother. I have learned to say "no" with minimal guilt (grin) and to pray that the Lord will provide the right person to do the task.
I don't want to be so busy encouraging other women in their ministries to their families that I neglect my own responsibilities. I recently told my husband that I would have had a lot more time for some of these things in the years before we were blessed with children, but then I wouldn't have had nearly as much to share either. (grin)
God's ways and timing are impeccable! Before too much longer, my children will all be grown (at least most of them!), then Lord willing, we'll concentrate on ministering to more of God's children!
I pray that the Lord will help each of us to clearly discern the work that He has called us to do!
"So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom....Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish Thou it." --Psalm 90:12,16-17
Blessings in Christ,