Motherhood is not taken seriously.
Oh, I know that once a year on Mother’s Day the stores are full of cards, chocolates and accolades for our one day celebration of “Mother.”
But the world around me does not take motherhood seriously.
No, for years we have been told that in order to be fulfilled women must go out and do something “meaningful.” Embrace our dreams, climb the corporate ladder, make our mark in a “man’s” world. Do anything other than stay home for the sake of your family.*
The message is that only the uneducated, the economically depressed stay home and raise kids.
But kids know the truth about this issue. Motherhood matters. It matters to them. Ask them.
Kids WANT someone greet them with a smile when they get home from school.
Children need someone to be all there for them, to listen to their stories. They want to communicate and connect with someone– anyone who will listen.
They need healthy meals, a mom with a happy heart, someone to gently lead them in the way that they should go.
Titus 2 instructs the the older women–>perhaps those who are living the “empty nest” and looking back longingly–>to teach the younger women to love their husbands, children and homemaking for the sake of the gospel.
What if Motherhood was the most important thing we could have done for the sake of the gospel but we looked for something bigger and better? (click to tweet)
When your home does not reflect the culture, but instead shows how the redeemed are supposed to live, you make the gospel believable.
If your home is all disorder and discord, a place where no love dwells and no care is taken for the souls who live there, no matter what you profess with your lips, you are not living out the gospel.
Want to make a difference? Be faithful to your kids. Train, teach, listen, correct, invest and love them. Your “dreams” may have to go on the back burner while you wipe noses and change diapers, but after all Christ has done for us, that is okay.
“Show me your redeemed life and I might be inclined to believe in your redeemer.” ~Heinrich Heine
I dare you to ask your kids what a good mother does! And if you can’t bring yourself to ask them, ask yourself this question.
How about you? Do you see the big picture? What are your thoughts on taking care of your family for the sake of the gospel? Please feel free to share how you are growing in this area.
*The idea of “motherhood” is a huge industry. It is reported that parents spend an average of $150,000 to $300,000 (depending on family’s financial status) per child through age 18. We happily buy and spend for our kids. But the actual being there…being a mother…we seem to skimp on that as a society.