the meaning of most important thing

After I changed my third poopy diaper that day, I turned to my husband and said, “I’ll always change diapers. I will never NOT change diapers.” Our oldest son David has a disability and will likely be diapered his entire life. At the end of a long day, I felt defeated. I felt done. I felt empty.

Then my husband asked me, “What if changing diapers is the most important thing you do all day?”

“What do you mean?” I asked. How could changing a diaper be important? I create jewelry, I write a blog, I speak at conferences. How could something so menial and mundane, like changing a diaper, make even the smallest difference?

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  1. Hi- I thought a lot about this post as I worked the last few days as a nurse- the opportunity to be present and kind and human in the middle of messes is what makes life valuable for us all- it was a lovely reminder at 0545 in the morning- thank you to you and your family

  2. This seriously made me tear up. It’s so true. I’ve got a wonderful little boy who has a chronic illness, and though I don’t have to change diapers, I do have the stress of everyday crying, raging, emotional outbursts, pain, and so on. Some days it feels like I’m drowning, but then I remember, this is kingdom work. This matters. This is important. Bless you and your little guy.


  3. I lovingly suggest you find a copy of “The Power of the Powerless” by Christopher DeVink. You will love it and be able to deeply relate to it.

  4. oh sweet lisa – thank you for sharing this wonderful reminder and thank you to Steve.

    i LOVE your blog – I admire your heart and the willingness to be vulnerable and real – i am thankful for your perspective and how you long to find beauty and to be intentional and enjoy the little things!

    it is a little hope of mine to one day sit with you and have coffee!! we don’t live too far apart from each other – I am in LA.

    have a wonderful weekend!

  5. My favorite posts over the years have been the ones about your daily life and your family. (of course, I love seeing your beautiful jewelry too) What you are doing is an awful lot more than changing diapers. You are creating an amazing life for David and you’re touching the hearts of those that read your posts.

  6. Yet, like the son of God you are providing David with a service he cannot nor never will be able to do for himself. When you are in service of men you are in the service of God!

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