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Eternal Work

I was giving David some baby food this morning, when suddenly I imagined him walking into my kitchen as an adult, giving me a hug, and saying, “Hi Mom.” I know this will happen much sooner than it seems it will. Right now I wipe his nose, clean his face, change his diapers…he is completely dependant on me for survival. But in the near future he will be an adult. He will choose whether or not to follow Christ. As I was feeding him it was as if I heard God whisper to me, “You are doing an eternal work. It may not seem that way now. I know the daily, mundane tasks make you weary but I see them as an investment into this precious life I have created. Your efforts will pay off. Stay focused on me.” 

Tonight I read in Jesus Calling for April 3rd — “It is impossible for you to have a need that I cannot meet. After all, I created you & everything that is. The world is still at My beck & call, though it often appears otherwise. Do not be fooled by appearances. Things that are visible are brief & fleeting, while things that are invisible are everlasting.” 

The physical needs of my children each day (the visible things) are exhausting. Lately I feel like someone needs me every. single. second. I go non-stop all day, just to fall into bed at night, SO tired from taking care of their needs all day. And when my focus is on those visible things — it makes me even more tired! And overwhelmed! And it seems like it will never end! But if I stop and ask God to give me His perspective — to see the eternal things — the things I don’t see, like my childrens’ souls — it gives me endurance to keep on keepin’ on with the daily, mundane tasks.  When I have God’s perspective I can view meeting my children’s physical needs as Eternal Work.

I will set my mind on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)

Only You, Lord, can help us focus on the invisible things — encouraging others, praying for others, our child’s salvation. The world bombards us at every angle, striving to distract us with visible things. Please give us Your perspective. Set our hearts & minds on You & help us see the day to day care of our children with ETERNAL vision. Help us focus on the invisible in the midst of the visible.

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18, NLT



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