Sometimes I find that I look for a reason behind each thing I do, and granted, some things better have a reason or I am not doing them (think meetings, housework). I like reasons. I really do. I was reminded today in a lesson at church that we have a purpose in what we are doing in our homes, and during the entire lesson I had a scripture running through my head. Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation for a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
As a wife and mom primarily (and everything else secondarily), I know this principle is beyond true, even though it sometimes takes years to get that testimony. As my children have become adults the payoffs have started happening, in the way I see them embrace kindness and service as a way of living. Some of these lessons they may have learned from me and my husband, but many of these things they have learned through their own experiences and through their own communication with the Lord. We teach both directly and indirectly as parents, and we hope and pray and cry and reteach over and over again, crossing our fingers that we are helping to shape these little spirits into people that can go out and do the world some good.
So whenever I feel that tug to put something else ahead of my family I will try and remember the foundation I am trying to lay. And I will slap that mortar on really thick and hang around to watch it dry.