Time. Sleep. Energy. Quiet. Money. Space. These are just some of the sacrifices a mother makes in raising her children.
Being a mother is both the hardest job and the best job a woman could ever have.
At least that’s the conclusion I’ve come to make. I’ve never been stretched to the degree that motherhood has stretched me. I’ve never had to give as much of myself as I have since being a mother. Indeed, the sacrifices made to and for our children are too many to count. But they are also more than worth it.
However, in the nitty gritty of daily life, it’s hard to remember how important our sacrifices are. As we pick up toys off the floor yet again, as we wipe up spit up for the tenth time that day, and as we sweep up the remains from snack time, we can lose heart. The work is hard, tedious, and the rewards can sometimes seem far and few between.
The life of a mom is never glamorous and rarely exciting. When people ask how our week went or what we’ve been up to, what do we say? “Oh, I did ten loads of laundry this week. I cleaned up the bathroom after the little one made a wreck of it experimenting with unrolling toilet paper and emptying cabinets. I think I had a shower three times this week. And I made it through a grocery store trip in one piece.” Nope, not glamorous.
When the details of mothering begin to weigh us down, we must remember why we make the sacrifices we make.
Our children are precious eternal souls, entrusted to our care by their Maker, to nurture, love, and raise to know the Lord.
We have been given the crucial and important job as stewards of our children. As C.S. Lewis is known to have said, “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.”
Indeed, the sacrifices made for our children have eternal significance and importance. As we intervene between siblings fighting or change another dirty diaper, we must remember that our job matters. The little sacrifices we make day in and day out are all part of the greater picture of raising a child. Just like a gardener toils in the garden, weeding, pruning, watering, and tending to his plants, we labor for the long term benefit and outcome of our children’s heart and soul.
Every sacrifice is an investment in the life of our children.
Paul encouraged the Galatian church in their pursuit of godliness, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9) Doing what is right and good is wearisome. It is hard work. As mother’s we cannot let the weariness slow us down, discourage us, or cause us to give up. Growth takes time. A flower does not grow overnight from a seed. The same is true in the work we do as mothers. Our job is a marathon and not a sprint. But as Paul wrote in Galatians, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
When the sacrifices of motherhood begin to weigh heavy in your heart, take courage. Remember that your work is for the Lord and that he will strengthen you to complete the task he has given. While the sacrifices are many, and the labor is often hard, your children are worth every bit of it.