Serving in the Seasons of Life

26 Sep

There’s nothing like an obedient child who has a sweet, innocent heart ~ like little Johnny:

Mother instructed Johnny, as they waited for the bus, to tell the driver, “I am four years old,” when Bus Driverasked,  because then he would ride for free.

Sure enough, as they got into the bus, the driver asked Johnny, “How old are you?”

Johnny looked up at his mom and then at the driver. “I am four years old,” he said.

“Oh… and when will you be six years old, young man?” the driver asked.

Johnny smiled and replied: “When I get off the bus.” (1)

That mom didn’t teach her son integrity-in-the-moment, did she? One of the most powerful responsibilities of young moms is to teach their children godly character. A mom is her child’s teacher and coach, from the earliest years; and it’s a powerful way to serve God, too.

How have you served the Lord, so far?

It’s almost my birthday, and I (Dawn) was thinking the other day about how the Lord has allowed me to serve Him in all my seasons of life. As a young single, I served Him on a revival team, singing and counseling in churches across America. As a young wife, I encouraged my husband in his preaching and mission-based ministries ~ a job that has continued for our entire 37 years of marriage.

Generations

Seasons of Life

As a mother, God directed me to home school my children, and I served Him by being faithful in teaching them for many years. Feminists were loud and demanding in those days, telling women that motherhood was a “lesser” calling; but I was glad God showed me (years before I became a mom) that caring for my children would be a significant, fulfilling role, and a wonderful way to serve God!

We only have little ones for a short season, but we have the power to impact their lives for eternity! Some women cannot stay home ~ they must work to help the family survive ~ but every woman needs to make her “service” and “ministry” a matter of prayer during those crucial years.

As my sons graduated and married and I entered mid-life, I moved forward to accomplish some personal goals, but I still prayed for my boys. And now as a Grandma, I want to influence my grandchildren for the Lord. It’s not just an expression of love, it’s another way to serve God.

With every passing birthday, I’m more convinced that growing older isn’t for wimps. I’ll save you the litany of pains and aches, old bones and weary brain cells. With aging, there is a sense of futility that many feel as they see life racing by, and the sudden realization that there are fewer years ahead than behind us.

But Daughters of the King have a different perspective. We don’t retire from Kingdom life until God calls us home. We walk the path of adventure with Jesus, never knowing what might be ahead, yet savoring each fresh opportunity to seek Him, speak up for Him, and in some way, serve Him. We reach out as Titus 2:4-5 women, passing on our faith and wisdom to the younger generation.

With GrandmaMy grandma once told me that she would serve Jesus until she died, even if that “serving” was simply whispered prayers for her children and grandchildren in her final days. I know that it was Grandma’s prayers ~ actually, both of my grandmothers’ prayers ~ that kept me on the path of righteousness in my teenage years.

Our serving isn’t about prominence (Luke 22:24-28), but about obedience to the callings of God and the priorities He has for us in each season.

Remember: every season is beautiful in its time.

I recently re-read the familiar passage about the Proverbs 31 woman. She was a woman who was capable and skilled, and she ministered to her family in many loving ways. But what struck me was the foundational truth in verse 30: “a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the LORD, she shall be praised!” That is the one thread, the continuity, that weaves together the activities of the woman of God through ALL the seasons of her life. No matter where she finds herself ~ single, married, parenting, in mid-life, as a grandparent, or widowed ~ she honors and serves the Lord.

How are you serving the Lord, Friend? Does your service fit the biblical priorities of your life and your role as a woman in this special season?

If it does, smile. It’s a BEAUTIFUL thing.

(1) Adapted from “Four-Year-Old Rider,” Cybersalt Digest, Issue #3666, 6-14-11, http://www.cybersalt.org

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6 Responses to “Serving in the Seasons of Life”

  1. Lisa P. September 26, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    This was such a wonderful blessing. I can relate to much of this. I attended a women’s college and went on to get a Master’s degree but my current calling is that of homeschooling our children. Often I have been told that I am not using my degree because I am at home with the children. I feel that God has blessed me for a tremendous opportunity to sow seeds into our children by giving me the opportunity to stay at home. Thank you for confirming that. 🙂

    • Dawn Wilson September 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      Lisa, you are so right. Don’t ever listen to those who say you are wasting your degree. You are using it to pour into and nvest in your children! What better use is there… you are “building the future!” You go, Girlfriend!

  2. Diane Kracht September 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Dawn, your statement above, “Our serving isn’t about prominence but about obedience to the calling of God and the priorities He has for us in each season”, really touched me. I know my ultimate calling is to take care of things at home, my husband and house, and also to be helpful to my children and granddaughter, soon to be grandson. I am anxiously waiting for the Lord to open the opportunity to do it full-time instead of juggling it all with my 8 to 5 job. His timing is perfect and He knows my heart.

    • Dawn Wilson September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

      Diane, it’s always the waiting during each season that is most difficult. We’re always waiting for something! But learning contentment while taking small steps that prepare us for the big goal isn’t a lack of contentment. Sometimes it is an act of faith ~ of preparation for the opportunity. Perhaps someday you can work out of your home… and take some small steps now to prepare for that? Just brainstorming with you …

      • Sharon Paavola September 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

        Very touching LOL for today, Dawn! It coincides with one of my favorites phrases Jesus spoke, “She did what she could.” I remember in my 20s and 30s feeling frustrated about the limitations on me with children at home. Oh, my, what God had in store for me in these later years! Live in the presence always looking ahead to our heavenly home.

      • Dawn Wilson September 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

        Yes, Sharon. I think our writer friend Marilyn Williams wrote a book about that, too (“She did what she could”) … it’s a concept that has always resonated with me. We are to be content and serving in every season of life, while eye-ing the future with anticipation and preparation.

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