If you've ever seen the movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, you may recall how the character called "Mahoney" accuses the hired accountant of being a "Just Guy". When the accountant asks what that means, Mahoney explains that a "Just Guy" sees everything as non-spectacular. That a store is "just a store", a toy is "just a toy", a tree is "just a tree".
Now, while I certainly don't believe in stores having feelings or toys coming to life, I do believe that we all have someone in our life trying to get us to buy the lie of the "Just Guy".
Have you ever struggled with the thought that you are "Just a mom"? Or that you "just don't have what it takes"? Or that you "Just can't..."
Whether you are a mom to one child or a mom to many...
whether you stay-at-home or work outside the home...
whether you homeschool or send your kids to a school...
we all have an Enemy who wants us to believe the "Just" lie.
For each of us it sounds different...
"I just have one child."
"I just stay at home."
"I just send my kids to school."
But there is nothing non-spectacular about what you do. Your role in your home is irreplaceable. You are making a difference...even on days you feel like you "just don't know if you can do it anymore".
If we are striving to be excellent women (wherever we are and in whatever we do), our worth is "far more than rubies" (Proverbs 31:10).
As a mom, you are involved in Kingdom work. Even though you can't see it, each day you are a part of a great plan that effects eternity. The sacrifices of today are seeds being sown into the generations to follow.
So next time you find yourself thinking you are "just a mom" or "just not good enough" ask yourself if a ruby is "just a ruby"? Or is it really a desirable, precious jewel that you would be honored to have and hold in your hands?
Then remember...that's what your Jesus thinks about you!