James, A Servant

Each day, homeschooling five little ones is never easy. But, it's become my normal and is typically always this beautiful chaos of sorts. Then, rarely, I have days like today where it's seriously one mishap after another to the point where I  almost have to laugh when just one more thing goes crazy wrong. 

[Picture two massive blowouts from two of my daughters, a middle daughter whom I watched from afar as she gently poured my completely full cup of room temp {because I never got a chance to partake} coffee on her lap as she lazed about in the recliner, a sliced middle finger courtesy of my apple corer-slicer, and a puddle of juice on the kitchen floor all while trying to give my older sons their math tests.]

Life never stops. Especially here. And even though it's far from quiet at quiet time right now, I sat down to read anyway. My plan was to read the book of James before reentering the chaos of serving my children today. But I can't make it past the first sentence. 

"James, a servant of God and of The Lord Jesus Christ.

This same James who was the real life brother of Jesus doesn't begin his writings with the recognition that he was blood related to The Christ. He never even mentions his relation. Instead, he refers himself as a servant of God, a servant of his brother, Jesus Christ.  

Humility. Beyond my comprehension. I'm always taken aback when I read his humble introduction. 

He's a servant. How much more should I be a servant? Motherhood is serving. And days like today remind me that serving my home and my family isn't always fun. It isn't always filled with beautiful creativity, sweet smelling kitchens and lap-reading snugly times. Serving others, serving our families, and serving our Creator is stretching and exposing and full of both joy and tears. 

Serving one another is what this life is all about. Never are we more like Christ than when we serve. And never am I more humbled than when I am reminded by James that we all are just humans and none of us should be elevated except for to elevate the God-Man that came to serve and be served, Jesus. 

And then we must "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." -James 1:2-4