My name is Michelle (the one on the left ^ if you were wondering). I’m a farm kid from Minnesota and somehow ended up in a Southern city with three kids to homeschool while my scientist husband works hard to save the world (or something like that).
I’m not a great housekeeper. I’m easily distracted. I’m quite the introvert and sometimes question the sanity of having ALL THESE CHILDREN HERE ALL DAY.
To everything there is a season; someday, we will do something else, but right now, this is the work before me. And because I need encouragement to walk in it, here we are. The blog breaks down just like the tagline:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
I spend a lot of time wandering my house, unsure what I should be doing. Or thinking that what I am doing is so mundane as to be worthless.
But this is the place, time, and work that God has called me to, so it is what I should do. We will talk about faithful saints (past and present) who did (and do) faithful, mundane things for the glory of God–right where He put them–and how to keep our eyes focused on the road before us.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone” (Philippians 4:5).
I’m a bookworm and internet-rabbit-hole junkie, so I’m eager to talk to you about all manner of things I’m learning (to the point that I contemplated calling this blog Jill of All
Trades Reads). God made a big and beautiful world; it’s good to know about it and what’s happening in it.
But this is also a sin-stained world, and today it is filled with all kinds of misinformation for all kinds of purposes .I took a drama and media class in college that opened my eyes to how much your local news channel, your social media feed, etc. can be influenced by money and talking heads.
As Christians, we have to rise above the noise without burying our heads in the sand. We have to engage with the world while remaining apart from it. And we can’t do that without wisdom and discernment. And in this day and age, knowledge helps, too.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.
“He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27)
No matter what role or job we are doing, the call to love God and love our neighbor is our purpose. So who counts as our neighbor, and what are our responsibilities to them? And how do we love them while still getting our to-do’s to-done?
I wrote a book called The Wardrobe Fast: How Cheap Clothes Hurt People (and How We Can Do Better) after thinking about how buying crappy clothes affects our global neighbors. Sadly, there’s no way to keep our lives entirely free of exploitation of others, there’s a lot an ordinary Christian like you or me can do to love our neighbors.