We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Passing the Baton {Sunday, November 11, 2014}

By Hyacynth Worth

Some days it doesn’t look like much.

When the Legos are sprawled across the floor, tiny land mines just waiting for unsuspecting bare feet. And the dishes have seemingly cross multiplied and spread onto the counters beyond the sink. When I’m knee-deep in laundry and the thought of finding two matchable socks is something akin to finding diamonds in the backyard garden.

Those days, it doesn’t look like much. When I’ve got nothing to show for the work I’ve done, I’ve sunk into my bed at the end of long days and felt like a failure at this whole mother and wife and homemaker thing.

Because let’s be honest: leaving a legacy isn’t something that stands up and shows itself on a daily basis.

On those days I’ve fought hard for joy and stood firm in love and sat long on a couch next to two little boys trying to stitch back up what’s come undone, at the end of the day it doesn’t look like much.

At the end of the day, it looks like another day I’ve just barely made it through.

It doesn’t look like a legacy.

It doesn’t look like success.

It doesn’t look like leadership.

It just looks like a mess.

Amid that mess, though, I’m reminded that clean again becomes dirty.

Tidy morphs once again to messy.

And spotless is again dotted with Legos first thing the next morning.

None of the show remains show worthy.

But the love I wove gently into their hearts, those stitches remain.

The time I took to listen and engage, those moments linger long in the memory.

Those seconds I chose joy instead of stress, they imprint themselves peacefully, a tattoo on small {and big} hearts.

This — that which doesn’t look like much right now — it’s legacy in the making.

That — which looks a lot like a mess right now — it’s a masterpiece in the making.

All of which doesn’t look like I have much to show at the end of the day — it’s a small act among the grand show.

It’s a life lived intentionally, intent on passing on a legacy of faith, hope and love.

Mom and dad, it is much, at the end of those days.

Daily we are dancing to the rhythms of grace, setting the time and beat in our children’s hearts.

Daily, we are leading with the end in mind.

That which doesn’t look like much at the end of the day will look like much at the end of our lives when the story continues to unfold, the baton is passed and legacy remains in the living, walking, breathing people we’ve poured our lives into one moment, one day at a time.

headshotHyacynth Worth is beloved to God, wife to John, mom to two boys and author of Undercover Mother. She also works as the Online Communications Coordinator for Immanuel Church.



Be Challenged: 

  • Identify a place of leadership in your life. Acknowledge that this is a place in which you have influence, and ask God to help you lead with the end in mind.

Go Deeper:

  • Answer the questions in the Conversation Starter of your Immanuel Life with a friend, spouse or small group.

What's on your mind? Comment here! {It only takes an email address to comment. We won't spam you!}

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s