I Do Job Mom?
“I do job Mom?”
These were the words of our 4 year old boy…second born…only boy…all boy. It is a sweet statement. Yet, if you knew him at the time, you would probably agree with my follow up thought, “Yeah, you do job! It is about time you start fixing some of the things that you break around here!”
Of course I have jobs for him to do. The vacuum cleaner he threw down the stairs is still broken. He could repair the dime sized hole that he cut into the basement linoleum. He could clean the stained carpet. The kitchen drawer that he ripped apart is still in pieces. There is a dent in the drywall that fits the shape and dimensions of a 4 year old boy’s head…he could fix that.
“Yeah…I will tell you what you can d….” I am interrupted with the sweet sound of my wife’s voice…”Why sure you can do job, you sweet little boy!...Why…you can help mommy with the laundry.”
“What!? The Laundry?...What about the leaking toilet…can’t he fix that?”
That season in our lives did not last as long as we would have liked. Now 10 years later, “I do job Mom,” has turned into, “Ugh! I have to do everything around here!”
“Isaac…it is your turn to walk the dog.”
“Isaac…I need you to take out the garbage.”
“Why is that my job?”
“Isaac…can you take out the recycling?”
“I guess…but only if I can fill up my hands super full and drop things on the way to the door and then still make you get up and come open the door for me…that way it feels like I don’t have do to it on my own.”
I remember begging my own mother to let me “help” cut the grass. She would tuck me in front of her and let me trip over her feet as she pushed the mower back and forth. I did the same with my kids as well.
I still have fond memories of those early years of fatherhood, when I would carry a big heavy box out to the garage…and Isaac wanted to help. I would allow him to take one corner…and carry a total of zero pounds…in fact, he would often make the job more difficult by either tripping over my feet or even hanging from the said box.
That is the picture I have when it comes to ministry. Me hanging from a box…trying to “help” God do…what only He can do. Acts chapter 1 and 2 begin to show this truth. God’s power…and only His power being manifested.
Why did my mom let me “help” cut the grass? Why did I let the kids “help” me cut the grass? Why did I let Isaac “help” me carry the box? Why did Sarah let a 4 year old “help” fold the laundry? It is love. Does God really “need” my “help”? I don’t think so. He doesn’t “need” me…but he “wants” me. He loves me. He “wants” you…because he loves you. That is the ministry of the Gospel…that is the power of the Gospel….that is the power of the Holy Spirit. All we can do…is follow Him…as He does.