“Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara.” Ru 1:20 NKJV
Learn to build your life around your person, not your role, otherwise when your role changes you’ll lose your sense of worth. Being a good mother is a noble calling. It’s also a self-sacrificing job. But when your children leave home and those demands are over, it’s easy to feel like Naomi. Her name meant “my joy.” But after her two sons died she changed her name to Mara, which means “bitterness.” Don’t allow changing times to change who you are, or to make you stop dreaming and give up hope. God still had a lot for Naomi to do. In the future she would mentor Ruth, who would give birth to a son who was destined to grow up and become part of the lineage of King David and our blessed Lord. What an honor! When your role changes, remember that your life’s not over. See your own worth as a person, discover your next assignment, gather up your assets and keep on living and giving. Don’t develop a “Mara mentality.” She allowed herself to become cynical when her circumstances changed; don’t let that happen to you! Discouragement often comes when we feel like we’ve seen it all, heard it all, done it all, and most of it was bad. No matter how old you are, you can never say you’ve seen it all. God can do “exceeding abundantly above all that [you] ask or think” (Eph 3:20). You don’t know what God will do with your life before it’s over, but He has a way of saving the best for the last.
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