I was sitting in church like any other Sunday morning when the pastor began to tell a story. He spoke of a college professor and the sign that hung over his doorway. The sign was there to remind him to keep his attitude in check every time that someone walked through the door. It read…
Interruptions Are Your Work!
He went on to speak of how as Christians, we should embrace this mindset. Interruptions are our work. We are constantly given chances to do or to serve but how many times do we grumble or complain when they come at “the wrong times”. It was an oh so truthful and oh so powerful point. After the sermon concluded I couldn’t shake those four words and for the past two weeks they have weighed heavy on my heart.
The pastor applied those words to life as Christian, but I couldn’t help but to connect them to my life as a mom. I have said time and time again that patience is not a virtue I have an abundance of. And if I am being brutally honest, interruptions can just flat out make me angry. I don’t want to stop doing what I am doing. I don’t like when something that should take me 5 minutes takes me 20, because I keep getting interrupted, and sometimes the bellowing echo of “Moooommmm!” through the house causes me to audibly groan.
My approach to this mom gig can be so insanely selfish. If this was an actual job they would have fired me a long, long time ago. I’m the lazy employee with a bad attitude and a selfish agenda.
And that realization broke my heart.
Since when is writing a blog post, sending a text message, or even making dinner more important than my children, my husband or my friend. Sure it may be the 20th time they’ve interrupted me today (and it’s only 10:00 a.m.) but what am I ultimately here for? I feel pretty confident my life can’t be defined by a text or the perfect IG post.
I want my family to know they come above a screen. I want others to know they are
valuable priceless by the way I treat them. I want to be here to serve others, love others, and point them to Christ through my words and my actions. I want to live a life that embraces interruptions and see’s them as one more opportunity, not an inconvenience.
Two week later and here I am still meditating on those four words. I don’t have the perfect remedy figured out, but I do have the perfect example of living a life open to interruptions, Jesus. I’ve been praying, writing, and speaking the truth, interruptions are my work. I even made a printable to display at my desk that I would like to share with you today.
I wanted to share this with y’all because every single time I feel pressed to share my heart I usually find that I am not the only person who needs to hear what I’ve been wrestling with. If this is something you can relate to or struggle with feel free to leave me a comment (or email me) so I can be praying for you.
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