Monday, 27 October 2014

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Reflection: Learnings from Sarah Edwards (Part 2)


As I read the story of Sarah Edwards, the amazing wife of Jonathan Edwards... I began to understand this verse from the Bible:

"Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." - Matthew 13:8

Her legacy can be traced throughout many generations of descendents after her in the USA:

1 Vice-President of the US
1 controller of the US treasury
3 US senators
3 state governors
3 mayors of large cities 11 college presidents
30 judges
65 professors
66 doctors
80 holders of public office
100 lawyers
100 missionaries
many authors and editors

How did Sarah Edwards "fall" onto the soil?

She did so by dying to herself, by devoting her life and sacrifcing her time (thereby foregoing a public career for a private career) for the good of her family.

How does it translate to the modern life?

When we are given the privilege of putting aside our hard-earned degree and career, and wake up everyday to do what seem to be mundane, boring and unglamorous in the eyes of the world... cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, making lunchboxes, driving our kids to their various activities, nursing our children, correcting, disciplining, playing with our children, doing homework with our children, we are dying and sacrificing our lives each day, to give our family and children the best soil to thrive and grow up.

Therefore, dear mommies, do not look down on your work. It has generational impact.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(theologian) http://www.unlockingthebible.org/jonathan-edwards-leaving-a-godly-legacy/

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