“And Jesus looked up and saw the single people and empty nesters putting their spiritual gifts to work in the ministry and serving various community programs, and He saw also a certain exhausted mother walking past piles of laundry and stepping on tiny legos at the crack of dawn on her way to read the Bible. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this mama has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have served, but she in her exhausted state still gave the Lord what she had.”
OK, so maybe that’s not exactly how the story of the widow’s mite found in Luke 21:1-4 goes, but I’d like to think God does have a special place in His heart for us mothers.
It’s easy to envy my single friends who have the time and opportunity to travel the world for missions trips or feel like I’m not doing enough when I see friends and family members who don’t have kids in the home serving their church and community all over the place. Yet, I have to remind myself that’s just not the season I’m in now.
My days are filled with young kids, laundry, soccer games, and soon-to-be school homework and PTA meetings. If it takes everything just to wake up 15 or 30 minutes early for prayer and Bible study time, God still honors that. If I can’t make it to my church’s Feed the Homeless program during the summer because of work or family obligations, it’s ok. God honors the service and work I put in for my family and job just as well.
We shouldn’t discredit the number of dishes washed, socks folded, disagreements refereed, lunches packed, booboos kissed or field trips chaperoned. If this is what your days look like, know that raising kids is a ministry in itself. There’s no reason to feel like you’re not doing enough. Do the parenting gig well, and God will honor your work.