For the first time in a long time, I stepped out of my comfort zone and volunteered to be a Mentor Mom through my church – New Life. I guess Mentor Mom’s are connected to MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers).
Why, did I do this? I don’t know. I guess, I thought it would be a good thing to do, since I just hit the empty nest. I was nervous about going. In fact, I didn’t go to the first Mentor Mom’s training meeting so I wasn’t really planning on going to the first Mom’s Connect meeting. Then, the morning of 9/4, I checked my email and realized I had been assigned a table. So… if I had been assigned a table, I figured, I’d better drag my depressed butt out the door and go. Plus, the agenda was listed and they were showing a video. The link was posted to the video and once I watched it and shed a few tears… I was sold…I had to go.
I was actually glad I went! I had a blast and met some wonderful, new people. The take away value of the meeting was great. I have been feeling blue about the whole empty nest thing – wondering what my purpose is now? Am I still needed? Am I still wanted? And – much to my amazement – the theme, for the next 9 weeks? 12 weeks? (How long is a semester?) is Defined – Discovering the truth of our identity in Christ as we journey through motherhood together. New Life’s theme – the whole year – has been Identity and finding who we are in Christ.
Identity is different from assignment... Life gets so jammed pack with activities that we get so focused on the doing that we start using activities as our measuring stick for success in life. My assignment was to raise children to be adults – that assignment is over, now it’s time to move on to new assignments – whatever they may be. Maybe, it’s becoming a blog writer : ), a fitness trainer, an entrepreneur?
My identity comes out of my relationship to God. How does God define me? A woman of faith. An overcomer. A Proverbs 31 woman. When I know how God defines me – I am able to carry out my assignment with grace and confidence – knowing that He is the one in control.
“When we stand at the impossible – God wants to reveal another aspect of our identity – (this empty nest seems impossible) – we just have to open our hand and stretch out our arms – like Moses did at the Red Sea – and step out in faith”
Thanks for reading,
On Assignment for the King of Kings
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