I’m writing today’s post in the mood of being encouraging. Let’s see how it comes out.
Recently, hubs and I were watching a show and one of the characters reminded another to remember that at the end of the day, it’s just a job. I’m sure you’ve all heard this phrase. In fact, you may have even said it. I’m sure I have.
As you know, I am a stay-at-home mom. This means my “job” is 24/7 and it really isn’t just a job. It’s work, pure and simple, but rewarding work. Sometimes I feel like I’m riding an emotional roller-coaster throughout the day. My boys can go from sweet and loving to very challenging in a heartbeat. I’m sure this is true for all parents (and if it hasn’t happened to you yet, just wait.) The other truth is that it can also go the other way from pull your hair out to cuddles and kisses in a heartbeat. Children can be unpredictable and that is one of the amazing things about them.
My” job” somehow requires me to be so much more than I ever thought I could be. It pushes and pulls me in all sorts of directions. I am challenged to rise to new heights all the time. And there are certainly times I fall to lower lows than I ever thought I could. The other thing about my “job” is that it is much more than looking after children. It involves managing a household -meaning grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, keeping a budget and a whole other assortment of mundane little tasks. Plus, during all of this I try to instill in my children a sense of awe for their Creator, recognition that they are well-loved, a desire to grow in wisdom and knowledge and an overall sense of peace and well-being.
What I do is more than a job. It is a calling. It is what I was made for. Every time I recognize this I get a little more strength to make it through the rough moments. Breaking up my routine for fun and laughter helps me remember that even the little things can be big things. When I spend time focusing on Who enabled me to do this job I see that I am more than able and am not limited. There is no list of to-dos that is too-great for me. I am blessed, fortunate, happy and to be envied.
The thing is that some of you do work -just a job. Some of you love what you do. Some of you hate what you do. Either way, it is a source of financial income for your household and you do it to provide for your family and maintain a lifestyle. I use to work one of these types of jobs. I’ve worked in food, retail (home-goods and clothing), office work and for a church. Some of these jobs I loved or loved for a while and some of them I did just because I needed to work. In some I had purpose. In some, I just wanted to run for the hills. But, the real part of life is your family. Big or small the people are what matters. Investing in the people in your life is what makes life real. And when we put income ahead of people we miss out. When the goal is to have all the “toys”, we find we don’t have time to play with them. And eventually we find that this “job” is consuming us. When we are home all we can think about is that project, or assignment or customer from earlier in the day. Even if it’s a good thing, if it is stealing from your family time and focus, then I ask you to ask yourself if it’s worth it.
That’s all good and well you might say to me, but I am too invested in this job. It’s already consuming me and at this point in my life I have no way out. I would like to contend that you do have a way out. Instead of saying “Remember, at the end of the day, it’s just a job.” try saying something similar as you start your day “As you begin your day remember that it’s just a job.” Remembering as you fall into bed completely exhausted at the end of the night having been completely consumed (at least in your mind) with your job is too late. Starting your day remembering it may just help you be focused on what really matters in life. It might give you some extra energy to finish up at “the office” so you can be free when you get home. When you are at work, then be at work. And when you are with your family, then BE with your family. All I can say is that if you are feeling overwhelmed with the things in life that aren’t the important thing then maybe a little mind change might be just what you need for a fresh day. Maybe saying those few little words at the right time of day might make all the difference. I hope so. It certainly can’t hurt, can it?