‘…Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara…’ Ruth 1:20 NKJV
Learn to build your life around your person, not your role, otherwise when your role changes you’ll lose your sense of worth. Being a good mother is a noble calling. It’s also a self-sacrificing job. But when your children leave home and those demands are over, it’s easy to feel like Naomi did. Her name meant pleasant. But after her two sons died she asked to be called Mara, which means bitterness. Don’t allow changing times to change who you are, or to make you stop dreaming and give up hope. God still had a lot for Naomi to do. In the future she would mentor Ruth, who would give birth to a son, Obed, grandfather of King David and of the blood line of our blessed Lord. What an honour! When your role changes, remember that your life’s not over. See your own worth as a person, discover your next assignment, gather up your assets and keep on living and giving. Don’t develop a ‘Mara mentality’. She allowed herself to become cynical when her circumstances changed; don’t let that happen to you! Discouragement often comes when we feel like we’ve seen it all, heard it all, done it all, and most of it was bad. No matter how old you are, you can never say you’ve seen it all. God can do ‘exceeding abundantly above all that [you] ask or think…’ (Ephesians 3:20) You don’t know what God will do with your life before it’s over. He has a way of saving the best for last.
SoulFood: Deut 11–13, Luke 11:29–44, Ps 119:1–8, Pro 17:3
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