I just applied for a homeschool writing position with another blog. They asked for a brief list of credentials and three writing samples related to homeschooling. They offer a bit of compensation so I thought “Why not?”
So I list my resume per se: I am almost done with my YA edit. I write novels. I wrote a newspaper column. I blog. I homeschool my kids. Used to be a public school teacher.
Then I begin a search for my writings on homeschool. I have a few here on this blog but they are old. Then I suddenly remembered my newspaper columns I wrote. I wrote a ton of homeschool stuff then. So I drag all those up and copy and paste.
While I am copying and pasting, I am reading them. I think, “Wow, these are pretty good!” Then I think, “Actually, these are REALLY good.”
It made me realize: I can write. I am good at something in this world besides changing diapers and chauffeuring kids to soccer practice, music classes, swim lessons, etc. I do have something to say that’s not kid-related. And I have something important to say that doesn’t begin with a negative i.e. “No!” or “Don’t!” or “Stop!”
I think we as women and moms get so caught up in the outside world validating us that we forget that we don’t need validation from the outside world. We forget God has stamped us as His from the moment we were born. We forget we have everything if we have Him. And we forget that we are enough; we are good; we are important.
God knows this. So why don’t we?
Easy: It all comes back to Him.
I forget this every day of my life. I have to constantly remind myself of Him and the Cross. And when I do, when I acknowledge Him in my mind, then I can acknowledge myself in my mind and it becomes a little easier to believe I am important after all. I stand a bit taller. I believe in myself a bit more. And I give myself credit where credit is due.
Whether or not the outside world ever recognizes me is unimportant. It would be nice, don’t get me wrong. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. All that does matter is Him. I work for Him, through Him, and by Him. Period.