“No Salary, No Benefits, No Sleep: This Is The World’s Toughest Job”
This is the title of a 2014 article in the Time Magazine. Twenty-four applicants found out “The job had a mandatory 135+ hours a week of work and required the job holder to be on call at all times, day or night, lift up to 75 pounds, be constantly moving and operate on little to no sleep. Qualified candidates should have a knowledge of psychology, medicine, personal finance, culinary arts and basic technology skills.”
The applicants were surprised to find out they were being interviewed to be a Mom! You got it right. The persuasive presentation was concocted to help people value the sacrifices moms make around the world as they care for their families. Sometimes as moms or dads, we can feel the old saying is true, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” We have to be somewhat proficient at everything, but you don’t have the capacity to excel at any one thing.
If you want a happy home, let me tell you there is one simple thing you can excel at and it will make all the difference. It jumped into my mind while I was reading Job 31:8, “Then let me sow, and let another eat; Yea, let my offspring be rooted out.” Job has several cycles in this chapter where he defends his righteousness then in an oath condemns himself if his boasting is false. Back up one verse and you read, “If my step hath turned out of the way, And mine heart walked after mine eyes” (Job 31:7).
This beautifully connects with Psalm 128 which is one of the most important passages you need to study in order to have a healthy family. “Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; That walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee” (Psalm 128:1–2). One of the most satisfying feelings is a job well-done and you enjoying the fruit of your labors. It may be after you mow your lawn sitting on the porch drinking a glass of ice tea and reveling in your accomplishment. It may be finally getting the kitchen under control after everyone is contentedly filled. Job equated eating what he sowed, fulfillment, as the blessing of walking in the paths of God. The psalmist makes the same connection.
You do not need to master being a coach, tutor, mentor, psychologist, medic, cook, and anything else the world guilts you into doing for your family. If you want to have a healthy family, if you want your wife to be radiant, if you want your children to show eternal promise, if you want to enjoy watching your grandchildren claim your godly heritage, then don’t be the jack of all trades for it is true you will master none. Make one thing your aim: Fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Then you will be blessed (Asher) and all your family with you.