Motherhood is essentially the continual pouring out of one’s self every. single. day.
Sometimes I am ok with this and other times it feels like I am trying to swallow a pill the size of an egg.
I am sure there are plenty of days when you (much like me) have asked…
“Is this really what I signed up for?”
“Is this really my life?”
“How the heck did I get here?”
“Will the dishes/laundry/soap scum ever stop?”
Girls, I have some good news for you in your thankless endeavor. That whole serving and selfless thing… Jesus is all about it!
In fact, He said, “If anyone wants to be the first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35
We have got this serving thing in the bag, first will be all ours and almost by default!!
(head thrown back while laughing wickedly )
Well, not so fast and not so easy… Jesus is a smart fella and will not accept subpar service.
First, he loves us and does not want us to be doormats. We are not to be subservient. We are not to be treated as the hired help. This is another issue for another day… but for now, just know that we are to teach our family respect and independence all the while serving our guts out.
Secondly, we are to serve well and with the right heart. When we are serving and caring for our people we have to be careful not to expect anything in return.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”
If you were to keep this “doing work for God” perspective…
How differently would you do your daily chores?
Would you read that extra story at bedtime?
Would you still grumble about the never ending laundry?
I can be so guilty of lacking that joyful heart. I am continually reminding myself to find the joy in each circumstance.
So Mamas, today I want to encourage you to serve your guts out, for the right reasons, and with the right heart… all the while embracing the season you are in.
Time to joyfully go fold the 2 loads of laundry on the couch and do the dishes.
Maybe I will crank up some music…
Do you ever struggle with finding the joy in your tasks?
How do you feel about those verses I referenced?
Do you have any tips on keeping the joy?
(Not trying to sound holier than thou but… Sometimes I try to say a quick prayer the person who belongs to the garment I am folding or whomever used the bowl I am washing. It seems to work…)