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Motherhood. If a job description was to be found in the Library of Congress it would probably read something like this: Position: Mother, Mom, Mama. Job Description: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work various hours, which will include evenings, weekends, and frequent 24-hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive campsites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
Responsibilities: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until $5 is needed. Must be willing to bite tongue, repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat, in case, this time, the screams from the back yard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysterious sluggish toilets, stuck zippers, and crashing computers. Must screen all phone calls, maintain appointment calendars, and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute and an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half a million cheap plastic toys and battery-operated devices. Must always hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final and complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facilities. Possibilities for Advancement and Promotion: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retaining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you. Previous experience: None required, unfortunately. On-the-job-training (OJT) offered on a continually exhausting basis. Wages and compensation: Get this! You pay them; offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18, because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you will actually enjoy it and wish you could give more. Benefits: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays, and no stock options are offered, this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life, if you play your cards right.
[Luke 2:51 & John 19:25] Although we know very little of Jesus’ childhood, we do know something about His mother. She “treasured” her memories of Jesus. We barely see Mary in His adult life, but we see her at the cross weeping for her dying son. When all others had deserted Jesus, Mary was there to love and comfort her son. “The love of a mother is never exhausted. It never changes; it never tires; it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face of the world’s condemnation, a mother’s love still lives on” - Washington Irving. A fitting attribute of our faithful God, attached to the heart of woman, who nurtures the precious embodied spirit of mankind with the love of God.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. Email him at email@example.com. Find his column on his blog at http://wilsoncountynews.com.
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