When others are on the mountaintop … and I’m in my sweatpants

I love my life: my family, my coffee, my books, my work. But every so often I look around and suddenly feel very small. Other women seem to be standing on top of mountains in victory, and I’m standing in front of my dishwasher in sweatpants.

 Other women are traveling and speaking and influencing thousands of people, and here I am, still wearing that same pair of sweatpants.

It can become a bad habit, weighing our worth and viewing our value through the lens of accomplishment. Because even when I am experiencing the highest moments of success–when I’m performing well at my job, my children are mostly respectful and obedient in public, and I don’t have to suck in to button my pants–that success falls short of the real question.

Does my smallness in life mean I am small in importance?”

Even King David considered this question. “When I observe your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place, what is a human being that you remember him, a son of man that you look after him?” Psalm 8:3-4.

The answer is simple.

We are significant to our Creator.

In our smallness, God treasures us. He is bigger than the vastest universe, but He enters our lives and wants to know us. He desires for us to abide in His presence–not because our smallness makes Him seem grander and larger, but because He views us as a magnificent creation.

Psalm 8:5-6 “You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet…”

We matter because we matter to Him.

Regardless of how small or insignificant we may feel, we can look at who we are in Christ Jesus. For every day we walk on this earth, our existence reveals God’s glory. Who we are in Him can help point others to their Creator and their own significance in His eyes. He created us. He came to to redeem us. We belong to Him, and He calls us by name (Isaiah 43:1). The next time you or I feel unimportant–whether we’re speaking to a crowd or loading our dishwasher–I pray His voice rings louder than all the others.

*from the She Reads Truth Bible, copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.


5 thoughts on “When others are on the mountaintop … and I’m in my sweatpants

  1. Oh, friend! You have put words to all the things I have been feeling lately. Yes, I know the work I am doing–wife-ing, mothering, home-eductating–is all great kingdom work, yet the insignificance of it all feels overwhelming so often. Thank you for the reminder, encouragement, and much-needed “kick in the pants!” 😉 And thank you for your obedience in writing Truth!

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  2. For years when I was younger I wanted to do something “important” in the church. It seemed like I was always cooking and serving meals. I often prayed “God let me do something besides pour coffee. Then when reading in the book of Acts the next set of disciples were choosen to serve meals and see that no one went hungry. What Stephen did was so noticable in the life of the new church that he was stoned. Maybe pouring coffee isn’t such an unimportant job after all.


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