I was reading a devotional to the kids this morning and at the beginning was this quoted passage that I found deeply encouraging. I think God leaves littles treasures for us to find in each day; thankfully I had my eyes open to this one.
Although I do occasionally work in a 'real job', my full-time commitment, my biggest gig, is mothering. As if parenting four littles isn't enough, we include in the scope of our parenting the full academic responsibility for our children. I feel like it isn't completely accurate to say we 'homeschool', because we are blessed to be able to utilize some fantastic educational resources available in our area including a Classical Conversations community and other 'ala carte' classes to round out our curriculum. It's more like we 'private school' with some of the classes at home :-)!
In any event, during this season of life I often feel stretched so thin that I can't do all the things I imagine I could or should be doing, or frankly the things I sometimes just want to be doing. It rarely seems I even do the things I already have on my responsibility list well. It's more about keeping everything to a minimum standard than being able to do things to the level I'd prefer, with what I envision to be excellence. There are times I wonder if I am making the difference in this world I was meant to - you don't have much tangible to show at the end of a long day of mothering. In fact some days it looks even worse than when you started!
From Carver of Tuskegee
"Didn't you plan to be an artist at one time, Professor?
Carver smiled. I am an artist...I make beauty instead of recording it. There is beauty in well-tilled fields, in healthy and happy people, beauty to living in harmony with others. With God helping me, I have tried to create beauty according to His directing."
Although I am not accomplishing nearly so much in my life as George Washington Carver, I connected with his statement. I was able to appreciate though my day to day right now is fairly simple, no degree or expertise required, there is still (God-directed) beauty in it. Taking that view gives an intrinsic value to what might otherwise seem mundane. I am an artist...