Being a mother is a enormous task … too big for us to handle in our own strength. This Sunday, mothers all over the world will be honored, celebrated, and praised. And rightly so. I look at my own mom and my mother-in-law, and I am amazed at the unconditional and generous love they have shown to their family. They will gladly be spent for others.
But now that I am a mother too, there are secret places in my heart, hiding the fact that I really don’t deserve Mother’s Day. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been through selfishness, frustration, exhaustion, depression, and hopelessness. Don’t get me wrong. I have many cherished memories of mothering my children. But I have, at times, wondered about the worth of my role in raising up my little ones because it’s a lot of work with seemingly very little recognition sometimes.
Mothers, it is nice to have a special day, isn’t it? But you and I know we’ve had far too many mess-ups in our parenting than we care to admit. However, that shouldn’t deter us from celebrating with our loved ones. The value of our role as mothers is not based on our sometimes skewed perception. Rather, the true worth is found in God, who so graciously blessed us with our children. No job in this world can have such a direct impact in another life. What an amazing opportunity we have to raise up the next generation for The Lord!
“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” (Proverbs 31:28)