Even When You Don’t Want To


I was just remembering the time I made breakfast for my family with the prompting of Shannon. It was a weekday and although I always loved doing things for them, this particular morning, I had gone long on my devotions and didn’t have a whole lot of time to get ready for work.

“You make the best omelets, Mom!” So I made us an omelet. Just as I was finishing, she came out, put her arm around me and said, “I love you Mom, you’re the best, even when you don’t want to be a mom.” Even on my very worst day, in the middle of chaos at work when bad turns to worse, that brings a smile to my face.

That’s how I feel when I think about Jesus and what He’s done for me. The joy and laughter that bubbles up inside as I observe His hands in the details of my life. He does all that for me! Because He loves ME!

 I was reading in John 17 where Jesus prayed for us, a whole chapter just for us. The very last 2 verses He says: “Father, you are the one who always does what is right. The world does not know you, but I know you, and these followers of mine know that you sent me. I showed them what you are like, and I will show them again. Then they will have the same love that you have for me, and I will live in them.”

My family knows me! They know that I’m the same at home as I am out in the world. I want to be known as a woman of love, the kind that God is. I’ll demonstrate it at home, I’ll demonstrate it at work, I’ll demonstrate it when I feel like it or when I don’t.  

Jesus, I’m so thankful you prayed for me then and you sit at the right hand of Father praying for me now.  It’s all for Love. I step aside so that you may be more visible in me, Lord. May your light, the light of your love shine so bright that my face is not seen. May I reflect you today, even when I don’t want to. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.

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