March Pearls of Encouragement for Christian Working Moms

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Article – Are you Listening to God in the Mundane Tasks?
Final Note

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Article – Are You Listening to God in the Mundane Tasks?

I am currently working through a Beth Moore Bible Study and came to an interesting find. In Luke 2:42, we learn that Jesus was 12 years old when he went to the feast at the temple. In Luke 2:52, we learn that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. In Luke 3:23, we find Jesus started his ministry when he was 30 years old. Do you realize the Bible was silent for 18 years of Jesus’ life between 12 and 30? We have nothing in Scripture to let us know what was going on.

Here are a few ideas of what Jesus was doing during that time. We know he was the oldest of at least 5 children, maybe more. We know that Joseph died sometime during Jesus’ adolescence or early adulthood. We know that as the oldest, Jesus would have to help take care of his brothers and sisters and run the family business. So, during those 18 years as Jesus was growing in wisdom and stature he was probably doing some fairly mundane things. He was working in the carpentry shop, possibly helping to support or be the sole financial support of his family. Some Biblical scholars think that Jesus did not start his ministry till age 30, because he had to wait till his siblings were old enough to take over the family business, only Jesus knows that for sure. He probably had to help take care of his siblings from time to time. He may have had to mediate fights between his brothers and sisters. Jesus was doing the daily tasks of living, day in and day out. He was dealing with cranky customers and working hard. I don’t think it is out of line to imagine he was talking with his Heavenly Father as he was working daily and taking care of family.

So, what does all of this have to do with us? Jesus modeled for us how to do the mundane and still grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. He spent 18 years working in a carpentry shop, taking care of siblings and probably his Mother. Nothing spectacular or earth shattering, but oh so important. Do you talk with God in your mundane tasks? Do you grow in grace as you are washing the umpteenth load of laundry; especially the clothes that your child put on for 5 minutes changed their minds and put in the dirty clothes? Some weeks to me feel like I’m just going from one day to the next, just trying to survive. What is the next thing on your to do list? Jesus I’m sure had a to do list as well, but we know he spent time with his Father. Do you share with God about the cranky customer or co-worker you really can’t stand? He has been there, he wants to know. In all honesty we can’t expect that all of the customers that came to Jesus’ carpentry shop were nice and wonderful. Truthfully, our lives are often lived in the mundane; laundry, car pooling, work, dishes, groceries, baths, changing diapers, sports, etc. Can you allow Jesus to be with you in the mundane?

Jesus’ 18 years were so mundane there is nothing said in the Bible, absolutely nothing. I imagine we feel very unappreciated as we complete our daily mundane tasks. The mundane does not excuse us from spending time with God. Jesus spent time doing the mundane and found wisdom and favor.

What mundane tasks do you have this week that you could look at with a different lens? Jesus cares about the mundane; he cares about everything in our lives.

Final Note

I think there must be a law of some type, like Murphy’s law, when children get new clothes they must either get a hole in them or stain them. Does that happen to anybody else besides me?

Till next time,

Kimberly Chastain

Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks and an online coaching program entitled CWMU – Becoming the Woman God Wants You To Be. All of the above can be found at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com.