Not about me, you say? No, it’s not about you! Being a mother is a SACRIFICE! Pregnancy alone is a huge sacrifice! You are sacrificing your body (it will never be the same again), and your comfort for nine months! After the baby is born, you are sacrificing your sleep, and then as your baby grows you begin sacrificing your time and your energy in the way of teaching, training, and disciplining your child.
All of this takes an enormous amount of energy, self-discipline, and strength from God. But is it worth it? You bet it is! What does the Bible say about it? “Whoever loses their life with find it”. Being a servant isn’t always glorifying is it? You don’t get many kudos! Most husbands who come home from work aren’t going to notice that the laundry is done, the dishes are washed and put away, the kids are scrubbed clean and the floor doesn’t have cheerios spread all over it! They just want a nice hot meal, and soon! They aren’t going to be giving you praise for all of this. That’s why it’s so important to look to the Lord for His approval or we will be living in constant despair.
Your children are not going to be thanking you right now for your instruction and discipline. You may not see the fruit of this sacrifice until they are 20’s and are beginning their own families. Then, they might come to you, and thank you for the sacrifices made on their behalf. Being a mother means delayed gratification!
So I ask again, is it worth it? If Jesus sacrificed His body and soul for us, how else can we do less for our husband and children? When you are knee deep in laundry and your nerves are frayed from disciplining a child for the same offense for the 5th time that day, look up and remember that you are “doing this unto the Lord”. Say to Him, “This is my living sacrifice, Lord. I want to please you. Help me! Be my strength and my Rock! Help me to be the mother you want me to be. Let me see godly fruit in the lives of my children!” God will honor that prayer.
He loves you and sees everything from the dirty dishes, to the sticky floor, to the time spent reading a book to your toddler, to playing a little game of basketball with your older child, or just listening to your child telling you a story of how he caught a bee! Hang in there and remember that mothering is a good sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God!
From One Mom to Another,