Clock in Kings Cross railway station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." Luke 6:38
When you're a stay-at-home mom, it can seem as if all you do is give. Add homeschooling to that and now you're the educator, gym coach, librarian, record keeper, counselor - often within the same day, sometimes at the same time. It's so easy to begrudge your time and energy, and your chocolate bar.
Yet, in opening our hands, we are opening ourselves to receive. One example of this is often on my mind. When the kids were little, they wanted to "help" me in the kitchen. It was a sacrifice of my time, of course. It took extra to demonstrate what they could do and watch while they made mistakes (and usually a mess).
Eventually, though, what the kids can do in the kitchen was not just a real help, but today is a timesaver. Frankly, some days it's a lifesaver! I can ask any one of my kids (ages 11-16) to begin a recipe, chop the fruit, watch a pot of rice, or even make the whole meal. And, they do it cheerfully. All the time invested in the messes, the teaching, the practice, the supervising, has paid dividends now. I didn't understand that giving time to my young kids meant that I could receive both then (in memory-making) and later (in trust and skill that serves the family).
I confess that even as a SAHM, I find it hard to give my time away. Yet, You say that what we give will come back to us and then some. Thank you for reminding me. Please fill me that I might overflow with willingness and patience to give my time - any time and all the time - to my family as needed, not as wanted. Amen. So be it.
Final Thought: Giving is only hard when your hand is closed.