Ever feel like you are doing nothing for the kingdom of God?
You look around you and it seems like everyone else has a special gift or assignment from God that is saving souls or proclaiming the Gospel . . . and you’re stuck in the kitchen making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for hungry little people.
Sister Susie at church can speak with such ease to the group of ladies and with such sincerity and vivacity, too . . . while you’re still trudging through poopy diapers and tinker toys.
Everywhere you look, it seems like those around you have something to do. They all have a ministry, an avenue. Except for you.
You’re left with a dusty old trail that meanders off into the brush. Or are you?
When we moved out West almost nine years ago, I was in the middle of Legos, sleepless nights, and car jams in the bathtub. I couldn’t do much besides wipe snotty noses, change messy diapers, and fill sippy cups. I became a pro at making those Lego elephants, but that wasn’t spreading the Good News, so was it worth it?
I am going to tell you something I learned.
There are seasons in life, and you must go through one to reach the next season. You aren’t allowed to hop, skip, and jump your way through these seasons.
If you’re a mom of young children, these special little people are your avenue. Your ministry. Your contribution to the Kingdom of God. Someday they will go out in the big wide world, winning more souls than you can count because you took the time to share the Gospel with them. Because you were not ashamed to sing “Jesus Loves Me” five times in a row.
And remember that this season won’t last forever.
I honestly feel that, with a thirteen-year-old, my season is changing. I have more time to put into writing, serving, and helping out my husband. It feels as though my avenue is changing.
“But what if I don’t have any avenue, Kendra?
What if there is nothing that I really do
to further the kingdom of God?”
Let me ask you this: Have you ever tried asking for an avenue of ministry?
You might be surprised what comes your way. Or maybe you already have one, but it has become so commonplace and mundane that you no longer can see it for what it is.
I firmly believe that if we ask the Lord to give us, as women and keepers of the home, a special avenue or service we can do for Him . . . He will give it to us.
Maybe it will be like my good friend who suddenly found herself becoming a minister’s wife – with three young children at home. Did she complain about how much work it would be? No, she looked down her avenue and started running.
Or you could be like the sister who saw a need in the community helping another lady with her handicapped child – and she put on her running shoes. She will probably never know how much influence she will have in their lives. But it was her avenue, and she took it.
Maybe you will be like the wonderful lady who has such a heart of compassion for the children who come to the Kids Bible Club every month. She loves them, prays for them, and shares Jesus with them. It is her avenue . . . and she knows how to run well.
I can’t tell you what avenue God will give you. I can’t say that it will be something great and noticeable. I can’t say you’ll even get a “thank you” for it.
But I can tell you this: If God places an avenue before you, it will be incredibly special to Him.
And once you get your avenue . . . hit the ground the running.
Remember, we are women of God, and as such we follow this verse: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Eccl. 9:10a
Go strap on your running shoes, ladies.
Your avenue is wide open and waiting just for you.