“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”
Crayons. Juice boxes. Empty Halloween candy wrappers. My iPad. Small bits of food from last night’s dinner. What do these things have in common, you ask? Well now, they are the things that are currently atop my kitchen table. Unless you are one of the few well-balanced and supremely organized people, I’ll just go ahead and assume you’re like the rest of us. Where the contents of your kitchen table could give an onlooker a pretty good idea of what is going on with you or your family that day or perhaps even that week.
So what does my kitchen table say about me? Currently, I am attempting the task of writing a meaningful and thought-provoking blog post (I said attempting…I’ll let you be the final judge), hence the iPad. It could also be said that I attempted to give myself 5 minutes of writing time by pacifying my children, hence the crayons, juice and candy. And the bits of food, well, nobody’s perfect.
I am a wife and mother who does what most American mothers do…try to balance it all. Ever seen a meme on Facebook or Instagram that you totally, humorously relate to? Like this one perhaps?
I’ll admit, often I take on too much and find myself wondering why I ever agreed to do the nameless task in the first place. The saying above is funny, but it has more to it than that. Do our kids really care how many hours we spent creating and designing the perfect Halloween costume or outfit for a themed day at school? Do they care how many people commend us for the beautiful and excellent tasting treat we brought to our last church potluck or school function? The answer is probably not. Kids are much simpler than that. They are happy to be fed, cleaned and given plenty of attention.
So instead of asking what your kitchen table says about you, maybe we should be asking what it doesn’t say about us. Does it bear any resemblance to the Christian life you aim to live? Do your children see you serve others and hear you explain why? Do they understand that this world is not our home, that we are working for a heavenly home with our Father and Savior?
And maybe it’s not fair to measure your love, service and devotion to God by means of your kitchen table. So let’s open it up to your home, your car, your place of work, your life. Do our children see us pray, read God’s word, attend worship services and serve others? Do we do those things with them?
Sometimes we (myself included) get caught up in the world’s day-to-day activities, and forget about the most important things. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking homemade reindeer-shaped cookies to your kids school Christmas party or being both thrifty and talented enough to making your own chemical-free soaps for your family. I just think it is worth a moment or two to examine our lives and see what we are teaching our children.
What will their short time with us imprint on their adult lives? Will it prepare them for a life of hardship on Earth with many temptations to lead them astray? Will they see us focused on worldly problems or events? Their first glimpse of what adult life should look like comes from us. What will they remember? Will they see Christ’s love working through us?
So what does your kitchen table say about you? Or, more importantly, does the life the you lead reflect what you aim for it to?