She followed me out of church and I could tell she wanted to talk.
I didn’t know her. But I could tell she was nervous.
I stopped and turned. I waited.
“Hi, you don’t know me, but I wanted to ask you a question.”
I smiled encouragingly.
“I have a small business. I sell children’s clothes and I want to find someone in Kenya to sew for me. I’d love to provide a job for someone who needs it.”
I love how God works, how weaves our stories together. Our community group had just bought two sewing machines to help two people start a sewing business in Kenya.
She continued, “I don’t know where to start or what to do. I’m just a mom and there’s no way I could ever travel to another country or do something big like that. So I wanted to ask you.”
I started to say something and I stopped. I waited for her to see my reality.
My 6 year old was pulling on my arm, begging for another cookie. You know the ones reserved for visitors. But she’d had three and we are hardly visitors. My son was gurgling water from the water fountain and my oldest was asking (again), if we can leave now.
And I saw her lightbulb moment.
“Well, I know you’re just a Mom, too. But you know what I mean.”
I looked her in the eyes and I said these words, “I know what you mean about just being a mom and I want you to know it’s a lie you don’t have to believe. You can do something for Jesus. Being a mom doesn’t disqualify you. Because being a mom is doing something big for Jesus.
And dreaming big and asking these hard questions and helping someone else –that is changing the world.”
We live in a size-obessessed culture that insists bigger is better. But it’s the small daily acts of service to our children, the little steps we take to think of others, and the dream of making a difference that matters.
“You are doing something great with your life – when you’re doing all the small things with His Great love.
You are changing the world – when you are changing one person’s world.
You aren’t missing your best life – when you aren’t missing opportunities to love like Christ.” -Ann Voskamp
In God’s upside down Kingdom, moms are the logical solution to change the world. We serve on our knees, cleaning up boy bathrooms. We bend low scooping up toys and messes.
You there, changing your 6th diaper of the day while you watch your 4 year old daughter change her clothes again, and your son searching the couch cushions for change—your day-in-and-day out service to your family is life-changing.
Mom, you saying yes, right where you are–that makes you a world changer.
This is the truth we need to believe.