You must have heard the story of the man, his son and a donkey: if not, today is your day; I will tell you all about it.
The folktale goes something like this.
One day a man and his son and their donkey were going to the market. As they walked along they met a group of people who laughed at them and asked why they were not making use of the donkey. So the man put his son on the donkey.
As they moved along, they met another group of people who made fun of them. Wondering out loud what son would ride on a donkey and allow his father to walk along. So the son stepped down and the father rode the donkey.
Then they met another group of people. These ones made fun of the father who could ride a donkey while his son walked along. So the father lifted up his son and both of them rode on the donkey.
Still headed to the market, they met another group of people. These ones must have been animal rights activists because they decried the abuse of the donkey, wondering how two people could ride a poor donkey. So the man and his son stepped down and took a long pole, tied the donkeys legs and carried it towards the market.
Some versions of the story continue and say that at a bridge, the donkey kicked the boy and fell over the bridge into the water. And because its legs were tied it drowned.
Last I checked we were 6 billion + people living in the world. That counts for as many opinions on a subject matter that you will receive. Of course depending on the subject some of these 6 billion + people may form cluster groups so we can reduce that to half, maybe. But still that’s a lot of opinions to handle or even consider.
However, there is a constant in all this, God! His is not an opinion, its truth. It’s not relative, it’s not dependent on anyone or anything: it’s final! So you all can breathe a sigh of relief.
Being a stay at home mum is not any easy path for me. Like the man, his son and a donkey I have been bombarded with a myriad of opinions, ideas, and suggestions and of course unkindness. However, I have made a choice to dance to the tune and the audience of one: the One who doesn’t change, God. I feel a deep conviction in my heart that this is the path He would have me walk on, so I am.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen the conclusion of the matter is this: Paul talking to the church in Colossi about their new identity and character in Christ says –
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.