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Topic: Question (05/24/12)
TITLE: The Right Choice
By LaRue Kendrick
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When I was young, many friends had high aspirations for a career, and many of them achieved those aspirations. Some even excelled to the point of Master’s degree and even Doctorate. Me? I wanted to be a wife and mother. I wanted to be home when my kids came home from school as my own mother had been. I wanted them to come home to smells of fresh baking and clean laundry as I had done. I wanted to be there to listen to whatever they had to say. To me this was a high calling.
The Lord blessed me with a godly mate and the fulfillment of my dreams. My mate and I worked hard to provide a Christian home for our children and to meet their physical needs as well. This wasn’t always easy. Money was always hard to come by, and making do was more a way of life than we wanted it to be. However, as each of our five children came, we gave them to God. He raised them through us and often in spite of us. But He grew them into five amazing, godly people.
When they were grown and raising families of their own, our roles as parents faded in importance. Now what do we do with our lives? This became a struggle as we faced those friends who had become very successful in their careers. What career did we have now? Somehow, our lives seemed inadequate by comparison. The world did not esteem our career too highly it seemed. I questioned whether I had done the right thing with my life.
Then one day, the Lord spoke to my heart and reminded me that He had called both of us to be parents to his precious gift of five children. What we did to earn a living along the way was immaterial. Our calling was, and always would be, to parent those children and then to encourage them in parenting their children. A load of guilt and inadequacy was lifted from our shoulders.
Was and am I perfect in the calling God gave me? Absolutely not! Am I still striving to serve Christ, my savior? Yes, I am. My service will not be perfect until I serve Him in heaven. Will there be new doors of service? I believe so, and by His grace, I will take His hand and walk through those doors together with Him.
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