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It’s been almost seventeen years since Jesus interrupted my selfish little existence and woke me up from sleeping death. Seventeen years since my eyes were opened to the meaning of life, to the beauty of Jesus, to the pleasure of knowing and being known by God.
As believers, we want our lives to count.
We long to do great things for the kingdom of God.
However, greatness is rarely achieved by doing great things, but instead by doing good things repetitively.
Psalm 103:12, He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
We all have our own version of star [sticker] charts, something we are trying to get approval for, from our parents, friends, spouses, kids, online acquaintances, coworkers or even from God. Most of us carry that striving feeling all our lives.
In the dark days of widowhood, Ruth was faced with a choice: return to her kindred, or go to a strange land with her mother-in-law. Back in Moab was the likely chance of Ruth finding a man of her people to marry. For someone in her position, this would have seemed the logical choice, as it would spare her the hard labor of providing for herself. But something else drew Ruth’s attention.
As I read through Ruth recently, I saw a beautiful picture of Psalm 37:4 displayed: “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Ruth is four chapters long, and easy to read in one sitting. We get the whole picture: her bereavement, her move, her work, her betrothal, her marriage, her motherhood. And in seeing this whole picture, it is easy to see how God blessed her.
When scrolling through Pinterest, one thing you will always see is perfect pictures, of perfect women in their perfect houses with their children perfectly in order. And honestly, having a clean house and clean kids and a nice appearance seems like a choice. You can have one or the other, but you have to choose; because in reality there never seems to be enough time in the day.
But in the Bible, the Lord has clearly given us a good example of the kind of woman he wants for us to strive to be. A regular woman, with a working husband and children of her own. And yet, the Lord made it clear that we could achieve those goals, in order to be like her. (Proverbs 31:10-31)