Remember Charlotte from Charlotte’s web fame? She is a spider who adopts a lonely, but lovable, insecure but charming, little pig predestined to become bacon. Charlotte believes in Wilbur the pig as an individual and decides that he should have a life worth living, not just go straight to the smoke house. Charlotte works tirelessly to save his life using an ingenious plan that consists of spinning words into her web about how wonderful Wilbur is. She dedicates herself to the cause and uses all her passion, gifting and strength to see her mission through to the end. Wilbur is finally recognized as a pig of great worth and Charlotte draws on the last of her strength to spin an egg sac and lay her eggs. When Wilbur the pig innocently asks what it is (referring to the egg sac), Charlotte tells Wilbur that it is her magnum opus; her masterpiece; her single greatest feat, her progeny.
So, I’ve been asking myself the question: what is my magnum opus?
It has been school holidays these last two weeks and what have I done to show my husband and kids that they are my magnum opus? Time equals love does it not?
I love the quote by Max Lucado “Your spouse is not your trophy, but your treasure. Your children are not your hobby they are your calling.” (Facing Your Giants)
Since having our children I have spent my passion, gifting and strength developing and nurturing my family… I am passionate about them, but I do get tired. Parenting seems to empty me, the constant refereeing and giving them attention, developing their characters, feeding, clothing, keeping the house respectable… it would be so easy to settle for mediocre. Sometimes I just want to stand on the kitchen bench and yell “what about me?”… yet I keep pushing on, taking mini breaks, snatching time to fill myself, grabbing time alone with Brad whenever we possibly can.
We so needed a weekend off, we’ve not had a weekend off since we moved here in February. Hubby’s work (church pastor) never stops, there are no defined work hours, even with good boundaries in place, important opportunities crop up frequently. When we go to a Sunday BBQ or the local festival it is ministry, when we bump into an old friend it is ministry because ministry is a lifestyle, a life philosophy. And I am ok with that, we approach his work as a team, but it depletes us. Work hard, play hard…
So we went to Rainbow Beach for the day and had a blast.