Defining Significance

I found this article on the blog of Josh Harris (author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” etc) and found it encouraging. It’s a speech from a woman in his church. I decided to post some excerpts as I think they may be helpful to others, especially other women out there.
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“From an early age, I can remember being bombarded with messages at school, in the media, and through aquaintances that being a wife and mom was “nice,” but wasn’t enough. In order to truly contribute to society I had to also pursue a successful career. This led to years of confusion about how to reconcile the two.

Well, let’s fast-forward a few years to 1997. By this time I was married, a member of Covenant Life, and I had been accepted to Veterinary School in Blacksburg, VA. Isaac and I had prayerfully considered the Lord’s will throughout the preparation and application process; however, He also had other plans for us. Shortly after we received news of my acceptance, the Lord laid it upon my husband’s heart that He wanted us to stay rather than relocate, to continue investing in this local church.

It was not easy to set aside aspirations I had held dear since I was a little girl, however, God mercifully and gently led me to lay down what the world would consider as worthwhile, a repected profession, for what it would consider as foolishness, greater involvement in our church.

(She goes on to tell how for the next three years, she worked held a lucrative career with a large Pharmaceutical company while her husband was in bible college but left when they felt she should be fully supporting her husband at home instead of in the workplace. She had her first son a year later.)

I am amazed at the joy I have received being able to stay home with KJ and look forward to the same with Owen. I have been asked at various times, “Do you miss working, the money, and do you ever think of going back? “I am grateful to God that my honest answer is “No.” A hundred times the salary I was making is not worth the smile I see on my son’s face every morning or the contentment and happiness I have found in serving my husband and child on a daily basis at home.

What could be more valuable to society than the opportunity to invest for eternity in the life of this precious little boy that God has graceiously gifted us with? So, are just being a wife and mother enough? Oh yes, more than enough-in God’s eyes and in my own.”

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6 Responses to Defining Significance

  1. Mella says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  2. bchallies says:

    Amen!

  3. maryanne helms says:

    Yes…hard work, but so is everything worth doing, and living for.You’ll be in the midst of this life soon enough!

  4. daniel says:

    You are cool.

  5. Grace says:

    All day long people at work talk about how a mom at home is just the easy way out. Watchign mom, AIleen,Maryanne, JO etc…and soon you I know from what I have seen what a blessing it is and how busy you all are!

  6. Neo says:

    Rose - Isn’t it sad that more people can’t spend that time with their families? She is a unique person to be able to make that kind of choice. Most people get stuck in the rat race and just continue down that path until there is no more road. Prop’s to her for sticking with her heart.Peace & Hugs,- Neo

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