A Greater End

Twelve-twenty a.m. is probably way too late to be starting a blog, but I can’t seem to get this topic off my mind and have been aching to write about it for a couple months now. (Thank you faithful blog readers for your patience by the way.) So give me grace as I work through this topic in an exhausted yet caffeinated state of mind.

Jimmy & Lively

I love being a wife and a mother. Investing in a family is what I have always wanted to do with my life. I consider it my primary ministry to serve these two wonderful blessings pictured to the left. I am constantly researching ways I can improve in these roles, whether it be learning how to help my teething daughter or how to create a more welcoming atmosphere for my husband to come home to. This is my job and I love it! But to what end am I seeking excellence in these roles? Is it because that’s what I’m supposed to do? Or because Scripture calls me to consider others as better than myself? I know that God values my roles as wife and mother, so maybe that is why I am supposed to strive to be good at them. Maybe it’s simply because I love my husband and daughter and serving them is a natural response.

Though all those things are good reasons, there is still a greater end than this. It is simply and decidedly the GLORY OF GOD. The end goal of excellence as a wife and a mom should be THE GLORY OF GOD. I know this sounds like your classic Sunday school answer, but don’t check out. What does it really mean to do something for the glory of God? The Word glory literally means “heavy” or “weighty” in the Hebrew. To bring God glory means to give weight to Him, in a positive sense. If something is weighty, you don’t take it lightly. Rather, you have to seriously consider it and deal with it. In the same way, by bringing God glory, I give weight to Him and cause others to take Him more seriously and to have a more positive view of Him than they did before. This is bringing glory to God. And this is the reason I should seek to be excellent in my roles as a wife and a mother.

1 Corinthians 10:31 echoes this: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” It is an interesting concept to think about serving Jimmy and Lively for a greater reason than simply because I love them. But they themselves should not be the ultimate end of my service to them. God is the reason I should seek to serve them with such fervor. The reason I seek to be excellent in these roles is ultimately so my God will be looked upon by this world in a more serious and more positive light. Now that is exciting motivation!

With all my heart I long for others to know the abundant joy it is to know my God through His Son, Jesus! The joy of my life and the heartbeat behind all I do is Jesus! What I wouldn’t give for more people to be enthralled with Him and simply knowing Him! So to be reminded that this is the very reason I am to strive to be excellent as a wife and mom is the greatest motivation.

This is also true of all the commands in the Word of God. Why consider others as greater than yourself? Why honor your mom and dad? Why strive for a life of purity? Why be excellent at your job or in your schoolwork? Not just because “God says so,” or “because it’s the right thing to do,” but because it is so counter-cultural that other people are forced to take God seriously when we do these things consistently. It makes Him look good and gives Him more weight. And in a culture that laughs and jokes about Jesus and Christians, the more weight we can bring to God the better.

I pray that this brings renewed motivation to do what we are called to do with excellence. The reputation of our God is at stake! We are to bring Him glory! To make Him weighty and cause others to take Him seriously. Whether you work, drive, do homework, wash dishes, change diapers, cook dinner, mow the lawn, go shopping, exercise, go to class, live with roommates, eat, drink, or whatever you do, do it all in a way that makes our God look good! Do it all for the glory of God!


  1. Anonymous

    I was blessed by reading your blog!! Thanks for sharing it!!!

  2. I absolutely love this. Thank you for the motivating reminder 🙂

  3. ann

    thank you for posting this 🙂

  4. Your life radiates HIS glory, sister. Thanks for sharing the truth He has shown you. 🙂

    I have been processing some similar thoughts as I read David Platt’s book Radical. Chapter 4’s message is about God’s global purpose; that God blesses us not for our sake but for His own. He gives us blessings so we can be the conduit of blessing to others for His name’s sake. We are to enjoy His grace as we extend His glory.
    Love these thoughts.

  5. Laura H

    I just wanted to say that each blog you right is so encouraging. thank you for sharing what God is doing in your life, and encouraging me (along with many other women) to pursue godliness in all aspects of our lives for the GLORY OF GOD. Thanks for being a vessel for the Lord 🙂

  6. Anonymous

    Praise God!!! Thank you for sharing this blog it has truly blessed me!!!! Be blessed and once again thank you!!!

  7. You are such a blessing!

  8. Ângela Christina Néris

    Glory to GOD for your life, dear! I am always so delighted to hear the LORD speaking to my heart and soul every time I read your words… No words to explain!

    May He continue to bless you and keep you and make His Face shine upon you!

    Your sister from Brazil,

    Ângela Christina Néris

  9. Anonymous

    Glory to GOD for your life, dear! I am always so delighted to hear the LORD speaking to my heart and soul every time I read your words… No words to explain!

    May He continue to bless you and keep you and make His Face shine upon you!

    Your sister from Brazil,

    Ângela Christina Néris

  10. Thank you for this post. the terms “God’s glory” or “glorifying God” get thrown around a lot, but after a while they just become cliche phrases and lose their own weight, or I guess you could say glory. This post gives a practical application to wives certainly, but you also hinted at other aspects of life where God’s glory can be shown but more importantly NEEDED. A lot of times we forget that all of life is worship and a rendering unto God his praise, worship, and glory. So that means we forget or lose track that we are supposed to be living for God’s glory down to the littlest detail of our lives. Once again thank you for this reminder of who we belong to and the end goal of everything we do.

  11. Abby

    I am so blessed to have read your blog, we recently got to meet Jimmy here in Fl…. he spoke to all the youth leaders about his ministry..and in the back of my mind I was thinking I wonder how his wife handles being home and away from her husband all the time.. I say this because my husband has been the youth pastor for Calvary Chapel Vero Beach FL for about 4 years and recently God has been speaking volumes to us about letting go and letting him take us in a new direction. He has opened up doors for him to play drums with a group of guys, and they are in the making of their first Cd, and eventually will tour around, where ever God opens the doors. This all is a little scary, because I know he will be gone sometimes and well reading your post has encouraged me so much. I too have kids a 2 year old and a 5 year old, and it can be exhausting.. but as I read you post I see that it is not about serving them it is about serving GOD, and through that they will get all they need. ok well I am done talking your ear off, thanks again and I will be looking forward to more posts.

  12. LaTaysha Richardson

    Wow, wow, wow! Thank u soo much for sharing this Kelly. Im so motivated!

  13. Anonymous

    word. thanks for sharing this kelly!

  14. 🙂 as always very encouraging! 🙂

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