When I saw Stewart again after finishing the book, I told him about what I read. His words comforted my soul, “You don’t have to be this person. You be yourself.” Now, that’s something I can do! Yes, I do play the piano, but no, I do not work with children. Freezing meals is just not my thing. And when my husband walks through the door, that is the time we are gabbing each other’s head off about all that happened during the day! I didn’t have to be this person I read about in a book! I can just be me, and that’s exactly who God designed me to be.
Ephesians 2:10 has been one of my favorite verses since I learned something interesting about it. In the Amplified Version, it says, “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” The word “handiwork” or “workmanship” is poema in the Greek. Do you see the word “poem” in there? That’s right, you are God’s poem!
If we study poetry, we learn that there are different kinds of poems. Some are sonnets, some are haikus, some are odes. All poems have different meters and different rhythms. Some rhyme and some don’t. There are dramatic poems filled with suspense. There are poems filled with romance and love. Not one of them is like the other.
It is the same with us ministry wives. We are all different, and that is what God intended! He wrote your life just the way He wanted. He gifted you the way He wanted to, giving you the specific skill set to take the paths He had prepared for you. He has made your journey totally different from the journey of the ministry wife next to you. He made your family different. Don’t try to be someone else! Don’t try to be the last pastor’s wife. Don’t try to be the lady in the book! Be you! That’s the way we live the good life in ministry!