Or second and third, if you want to be precise. I'm a wife and mother. Two roles that I think are really taken for granted in society today. People aren't measured by *who* they are--or what positive impact they may make on society; they are judged by their bank accounts and the prestige that comes from their career choice. Guess what? I'm a college-educated woman who actually held a "real" job before I became a stay-at-home-- mom to Nathan in July 2004. And know something else? We always planned for me to be a stay-at-home mother when the time came. I knew it was coming. But the transition wasn't easy...
I remember my last day of work. Cleaning out my desk, saying goodbye to my co-workers. Waddling out to my car for the last time (hey, I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and waddled like a penguin. I may have even been wearing black and white.) I cried the whole way out to my little car and most of the way home. I was entering a whole new phase of my life and I really don't like change too much, so this was a BIG step. I prayed. I prayed that I would be a good mother to Nathan. I prayed for peace in my heart because I was kinda scared. And I *felt* peace because I knew God was with me and that He had planned this for me and *that*--all by itself--made everything okay. And it has been. One of my very favorite Bible verses-and the first that I had ever committed to memory is:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He
will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
You *have* to put all of your faith in God--that He knows what is best for you and His timing is NEVER off. If you don't place your faith in God, you put your faith in yourself (and let's face it, we aren't perfect, but God is!!), put faith in others and put faith in the ways of this world. This world is temporal--it WILL pass away. Heaven is forever, so I choose to live for that day.
Back to my original point (if I remember what that is! lol!) Don't measure me for my bank account or some fancy job, or you'll be dissappointed. Measure me by my faith instead. My faith is bigger than any bank account--and more important, too.