It’s always amazed me that if a woman wants to be a doctor, a teacher, a musician, or any other career, many long, dedicated years of schooling plus an internship are usually required. It is necessary that one have credentials before beginning their full-time career. And yet, one of the most important jobs in the whole world, is the responsibility of raising the next generation—and there is no required, or hardly even available education for new parents. In America, it seems as if motherhood especially is something you do after you’ve finished doing everything you wanted to do for yourself FIRST.
Today I want to encourage you to embrace motherhood, not only as your full-time job, but also your full-time ministry. We often think of ministry as something visible we do in a church setting, like singing in the choir, working in the nursery, going to the church work day, or decorating for ladies meetings.
Consider this, however. Jesus Christ never sang in a church choir. He never worked in a nursery, cleaned a church building or decorated for ladies’ meetings. And while the “spiritual” leaders of His day were busy criticizing Him for not perfectly living up to the law, we would all agree now that He was very busily involved in ministry. Jesus primary ministry was making disciples. While other ministries are good, our primary ministry as mothers should be making disciples of our own children. It is important, even vital to the cause of Christ and His church.
For me personally, I enjoy public ministry as much as anyone. I’ll be honest and say that sometimes, playing the piano for a beautiful cantata, teaching a successful class, or some such other “ministry” can seem more rewarding than the credentials of motherhood: changing a stinky diaper, training a little one in obedience, getting up 2 or 3 (or more!) times a night because another child needs Mommy or picking up piles of toys all.day.long. No one shakes our hand, pats our back, or says, “Great job!” when we fulfill our at-home ministry of motherhood.
It goes unnoticed, unrecognized, and unpraised.
And yet, wasn’t it the same for HIM?
Jesus didn’t spend his time teaching in the fancy religious buildings and ministering to the religious crowd…instead, He was found with the hungry, the dirty, the lonely, the sinful, the mistreated, the misunderstood, the forsaken, the lost. He wasn’t being praised in the city gates for His ministry—-no! They wanted to kick Him out of the city and stone Him, and eventually they succeeded at having him arrested and put to death for his ministry.
Let go of the worlds’ cry for wealth, popularity on Pinterest, iced coffees from Starbucks, and weekly manicures. Reject the longing for a perfectly decorated home, a perfectly in-shape body, and the accomplishments of all of your real-life or internet friends. (especially the ones on pinterest:) ). Embrace what you are—YOUR children’s mother.
No one else in the universe can take the place of mother to your children. You are involved in full-time ministry–the beautiful ministry of motherhood! Embrace it. Be proud of your earned credentials. Choose joy in your parenting journey.
Today’s Challenge: Purpose to embrace your ministry today. Look at each of the somewhat monotonous daily tasks of motherhood (whether it’s washing dishes, changing diapers, wiping snotty noses, or cleaning dirty toilets!) as a necessary means to an end–the discipleship of your children.
Do you struggle with fear-based parenting? Make sure you don’t miss tomorrow’s post-Day 3: COURAGE!