Do you ever read a post that you think was written just for you? I have–many times. I was looking in my “mother” file on the computer tonight, and I came across this post, Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank) by Rachel Jankovic. I don’t know when I read it, but I had saved it. I started reading it, and it seized my heart–because it was where I was today. My house is a wreck–again. I have a million things to do–again. And you feel like giving up, because no matter how much you try, it never gets done. And then my daughter innocently picked a Keys for Kids devotion for family devotion, and the topic was “never quitting.” About going on in God’s strength. What a rebuke–keep going, but go in God’s strength. I don’t have to get short and snappy because we’re out of time to get everything done. I don’t have to get upset because the kids will get to bed late. I can still be kind and show Christ’s love while expecting obedience–if I rely on Christ to help me. And then I came downstairs, and found this post. It’s a “must-read!” I will share a few of my favorite excerpts, but it is better if you read all of it!
Here are some lines out of the post that I love–and need to remember:
- “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.” That’s right–God gave me time for them; and I need to prioritize them, and stop wasting my time on things that are not priorities!
- “But a Christian should have a different paradigm. We should run to to the cross. To death. So lay down your hopes. Lay down your future. Lay down your petty annoyances. Lay down your desire to be recognized. Lay down your fussiness at your children. Lay down your perfectly clean house. Lay down your grievances about the life you are living. Lay down the imaginary life you could have had by yourself. Let it go.” Run to the cross! We, as mothers, can do nothing by ourselves. We need Him! I love I Peter 2:21–For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Christ suffered for us, and although motherhood is not suffering; it is sometimes hard. But follow in His footsteps! Do what He did. Lead our children to the cross by our example!
- My favorite paragraph of the post: “Live the gospel in the things that no one sees. Sacrifice for your children in places that only they will know about. Put their value ahead of yours. Grow them up in the clean air of gospel living. Your testimony to the gospel in the little details of your life is more valuable to them than you can imagine. If you tell them the gospel, but live to yourself, they will never believe it. Give your life for theirs every day, joyfully. Lay down pettiness. Lay down fussiness. Lay down resentment about the dishes, about the laundry, about how no one knows how hard you work.” And that is where I was today–and so many days. Fussy and grouchy because my dishes are still dirty, and I had to rush to get things done, and I have a million things still to do. Shame on me! How will I raise children who have a joy to serve if I have a complaining heart myself. I pray for Christ’s forgiveness, and for His strength and enablement to live His way tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. And He is faithful. He can do it–if I let Him.
So pray for me!! And I’ll pray for you. If you wish, you can comment, and I will pray for you.