One of my biggest struggles as a mom has been fighting this lie: What you do doesn’t matter.
I know this isn’t true, but some days the monotony of parenting feeds the lies in my heart. As I read the news and skim my social media feeds and see suffering and brokenness and hate, it’s difficult to feel like what I do each day is important. How am I the “salt of the earth” when I’m folding 4 loads of laundry at 11 o’clock at night? Sometimes I wish I could do more, be more, make more of a difference. Maybe you can relate?
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As I prepared for our Bible art project this week, I prayed and thought hard about what it means for me as a Christian mother to be “salt and light” in this world. A world full of confusion and terrorism, racism and greed. Honestly, finding purpose in my role as a mother is something I’ll probably wrestle with for a long time.
How was I to teach this popular Bible lesson to my kids when I struggled to believe it myself?
As I read through the verses in Matthew 5, the last line stuck out to me.
Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
It’s all for the glory of God.
I don’t have to change the world in some huge way for God to be glorified. As I listened to a sermon by Tim Keller, I was reminded that the daily grind of parenting reflects the very message of the gospel of Jesus. My life for yours.
God is glorified when we serve our families, disciple our kids, keep our homes in order, practice patience, and faithfully love those around us.
As I teach my kids about what it means to be the salt of the earth, I pray God moves in their heart to glorify Him in both the big and the small decisions they make each day.
Salt of the Earth Bible Art Project
One thing I love about pairing Bible lessons and art projects is that it gives you time to think about what you learned. Through art and crafts, I have seen God work in my kids’ hearts. This project works well for kids of any age. Both my toddler and elementary age kids loved it.
As you paint together, talk about what it means to be the salt of the earth. How is God glorified in the way we treat others? How can we bless the people God has put in our lives? Maybe this means you stop and pray together about the latest story on the news. Maybe it means you practice speaking to one another in a loving tone. Let God lead you and your children as you talk together.
What You’ll Need:
- Glue – Any school glue will work just fine.
- Watercolors – You can also use food coloring mixed with water.
- Thick, glossy paper – We tried this with several types of paper, and while card stock does ok, the paint bleeds into the paper as it dries. For a nicer finished product, use paper with a gloss or finish on it. You could even use wax paper.
Using glue, draw a design on the paper. Our kids each did one that said “Salt of the Earth” and one of their own creative designs.
Pour salt onto the glue and shake off the excess.
Paint the salt with watercolors. The best way to do this is to get the paints really wet and barely touch the salt with your paintbrush. The watercolors will follow the salt trails on their own.
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