On the night he was betrayed, Jesus “took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24 ESV).
Jesus knew he was about to be betrayed. Although he faced terrible pain and humiliation, he didn’t give way to self-pity or fear. He simply did what love required. He entrusted himself to his Father, and obeyed.
His example encourages me. Divorce papers, custody battles, legitimate fears for our children’s well-being, car problems, work problems, pest problems, relationship problems, and more can overwhelm and depress us single moms. Surrender and obedience to God, perhaps the last remedies we’d think of, are essential. They are the path of sanity through turmoil.
I remember making a sandwich when I was pregnant with my daughter. My husband had left, and I was tormented with lies from the abusive church. I felt like abandoning my responsibilities and focusing on my pain. The last thing I could handle was making a sandwich and eating it. But my nutrition intake effected my unborn daughter; so, a sandwich it was. And I began to feel a little more stable, and understand that God was still at work in my family.
We tend to see self-discipline as legalistic or fake. We think it’s more “real” to mope and ponder our pain endlessly. Yet simple, love-motivated obedience demonstrates our trust in God. Believing God will provide for our needs to process, talk with a friend, and receive counseling at the right time, we can love and serve our kids. This obedient release of control defeats our fear.
When trouble comes, it’s our job to rebuild stability for our kids as soon as possible. Doing the routine chores soothes us, too, convincing us that God is faithfully enabling us to handle our situation. We pass this message on to our children as we live it in front of them. Pretty soon, we begin to hope again.
Do you think self-discipline and routine are important during crisis?
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