Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Servanthood

I love books.  I love them so much that I often have at least two going at once.  Generally, I have a novel for day-reading and a non-fiction (generally Christian living) book for night-reading.  Right now my non-fiction choice is Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas  It's pretty awesome.  In fact, our church currently has a learning center class based around this book.  Obviously, it's about marriage, but I read this last night and it made me think:

Contrary to popular opinion, woman was not created for her own fulfillment. (That goes for the men, too!)  She was created to be a helper and a nurturer.  Now that is not an easy assignment to accept.  We tend to bristle and think, There must be something more significant than that!  What homemaker hasn't found herself asking, after the fiftieth load of laundry in a week or when facing yet another sink full of dirty dishes, "Is there anything significant about what I'm doing here?"  Yet in God's eyes, nothing is more significant than servanthood.  The path to genuine greatness lies in serving.

Grasping for power or recognition is natural.  Servanthood is supernatural.  So many women are missing out on the supernatural today because they are caught up in the "search for significance".  Ironically, the more they search for it, the less satisfied they feel.  Why?  Significance is found in giving your life away, not in selfishly trying to find personal happiness.  (Gary and Becky Ricucci: Love That Lasts as quoted in Sacred Marriage, p.182)

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