“Didn’t you plan to be an artist at one time, Professor?”
Carver smiled. “I am an artist… I make beauty instead of recording it. There is beauty in well-tilled fields, in healthy and happy people, beauty to living in harmony with others. With God helping me, I have tried to create beauty according to His directing.”
—from Carver of Tuskegee
For several months, the concept of the theology of work has been playing around in my heart. Everywhere I turn, there’s another quote about work, service, or a song has lyrics in it. This phase of life I’m in right now is all work. It’s not glamorous work. It, however, is important work. Hence my derelict blog. (Shamefaced apology.) I have this very firm conviction that, especially in one of my kids’ hearts, this is a pivotal season. And I need to do the work of love and direction now, or I’ll miss my chance.
I’ve also been contemplating how very surprised I was initially at how much work mothering is if one wants to do it well. So I’ve been studying, reading, dreaming, journaling, planning, and yes, working this out in fear and trembling.
With all of this thinking, a new direction for this blog was birthed. It may take a few weeks to get fleshed out. I’ve been talking to Michael about how I want to be a person of excellence instead of a person of half-hearted attempts. So I want to do this well. I want to work for God and because of God.
I’ll leave you with a lyric from one of the songs that has stirred my heart.
“And may the work of your hands help those in need
Befriend the lonely, serve the weak
And forgive enemies ”
Josh Garrels, Benediction