“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers” (1 Timothy 5.8 NLT).
The two months I trained for my MMA fight were very difficult on my family and me. My husband and my kids sacrificed a lot to allow me to commit to the many hours and the physical, emotional and mental demands of preparing for a fight. In retrospect, I realize that there would have been no way I could have trained if my house hadn’t been in order. I think so many times Christians ask God to expand our territory and to give us more responsibility, but we aren’t disciplined and joyful with the load He’s already given us. If we are not generously and enthusiastically serving in the ministry of being a spouse and parent, why would God give us another ministry? In all honesty, it is a lot easier and more enjoyable to wash the dishes, help my kids with homework and spend intimate time with my husband than it is to take a punch, kick a bag and to work-out until I want to throw-up. If doing laundry means that I get to care for an amazing family of five, then I will gladly do it! Every blessing comes with a burden. Once we have a godly perspective about all the blessings we’ve been given, and we are strong enough to handle the burdens that come with them; God will see fit to give us more at the appropriate time.
God, I know You won’t expand my influence if I’m already struggling and complaining about the responsibilities You have already blessed me with. I don’t want to fake my joy and enthusiasm; rather, I want to truly love and value the ministry of the home. I realize that it is an amazing honor to serve those closest to me. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.