By Guest Blogger Carolyn
As a stay-at-home mother of three young children, I am given countless opportunities to help other people. My daughters are quite dependent and they need my help all day long. Sometimes it is very tiring, and it’s hard to keep an eternal perspective when I am stuck in a routine of changing diapers and cleaning up messes.
I recently read John chapter 21 from the Bible. Jesus Christ asks Simon Peter, “Lovest thou me?” and Simon Peter answers, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” Christ then says unto him, “Feed my sheep.” Christ asks him the same question again, and again Simon answers the same way. When Christ asks Simon Peter a third time, it is recorded that “Peter was grieved because [Christ] said unto him the third time, ‘Lovest thou me?’” And Simon Peter answers, “Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.” And Christ again commands him to feed His sheep.
I thought of this in relation to my work as a mother. There were two lessons I felt I learned from these verses. First, sometimes I become “grieved” at my many chances to show Christ that I love Him. I get tired and when someone needs my help, I think to myself, “Again?” But right now, the most important way I can show God that I love Him is by serving others. And that includes my children. I remind myself of the scripture Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” In this life we will be given infinite opportunities to show the Lord that we love Him. It is important to not become weary in well doing. We need not be grieved at the fact that we are given second chances, again and again.
Secondly, I learned that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know all things, as Peter pointed out. I believe that they do not give me numerous chances to show them that I love them because they are unsure of where my heart lies. Perhaps they do it so that I can be reminded of my testimony and the reason I serve others. I do it because I love the Lord. And He has asked me to feed His sheep. And it has the potential to change from day to day, depending on what I choose. I need my answer to be the same every time I am given the chance to serve others: “Yea, Lord, thou knowest I love thee.”