To all of my mommy friends out there...
Happy Mother's Day!
If you wonder if the sacrifice is worth it, I hope that this day will remind you that it is. It is easy to forget the big picture when we are up to our eyeballs in diapers, formula, karate lessons, homework assignments (and they're not even yours!). It is easy to be overwhelmed with fears when your teen drives off on his own for the first time. There are many days when I wonder if I will be able to do this again the next day as I collapse into bed at night.
Douglas Phillips says this well. He writes:
"There is a cost to motherhood. And the price is no small sum. And if you are not willing to pay this price, no amount of encouragement about the joys of motherhood will satisfy.
"But the price of motherhood is not fundamentally different from the price of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. In fact, Christian mothers see their duty as mothers flowing from their calling to Jesus Christ. And what is this cost?
"Christian motherhood means dedicating your entire life in service of others. It means standing beside your husband, following him, and investing in the lives of children whom you hope will both survive you and surpass you. It means forgoing present satisfaction for eternal rewards. It means investing in the lives of others who may never fully appreciate your sacrifice or comprehend the depth of your love. And it means doing all these things, not because you will receive the praise of man---for you will not---but because God made you to be a woman and a mother, and there is great contentment in that biblical calling.
"In other words, Motherhood requires vision. It requires living by faith and not by sight.
"These are some of the reasons why Motherhood is both the most biblically noble and the most socially unappreciated role to which a young woman can aspire. There are many people who ask the question: Does my life matter? But a mother that fears the Lord need never ask such a question. Upon her faithful obedience hinges the future of the church and the hope of the nation."
This is a message I desperately need to hear today. Maybe some of you need to hear it too. Wherever you are in your mom journey, may these words encourage you to keep doing the next thing God asks you to do, knowing that even if no one else should know, our heavenly Father treasures the work we do.