I’m a mom, and like all moms, I bust my rear end day in and day out to give my children every opportunity in this world. Sometimes that means we get to do great exciting things, sometimes that means I lay down expectations and consequences. But mostly it means that my work just never ends. Somedays, ok… most days, I wind up just exhausted.
Can I share with you my most frustrating days? When I’ve given them too much, and they only want more. Here are some examples…
- Field trip days. Field trips are exhausting! Field trips have to be planned, and lunches have to be packed, the truck has to be gassed up. All day long I have to watch out for safety, bring out the best of the best of the place for educational purposes, I have to haul stuff, walk far, settle disputes, and keep everyone going and happy. So why is it the minute we get home, and I just want to collapse in exhaustion that my children cry because we are staying home for the night, or because I won’t start a craft project? I gave them ALL of my all day, and it still wasn’t enough?
- How about the…. YOU NEVER! You know, when your child claims you NEVER take them anywhere, play with them, read to them, or for goodness sakes FEED them. You can rattle off 20 times you did just that thing in the last two days. Doesn’t that just make you feel ever so unappreciated? It makes me want to scream!
- Or my favorite… as a fun change of pace, I decided we should take an afternoon at the park, or at a playdate. I figure it’ll help us all focus better if we get some time away and some new scenery. Then when it is time to come back together, perhaps the next day, to get some work done and my children pitch a FIT! Sometimes they even dare to claim they need a BREAK! Can you see me bashing my head against the wall here?
I was contemplating these things just this weekend, and suddenly I started laughing and crying at the same time. My gut just wrenched. If anyone could see me, I probably looked slightly luny at that moment. My children are me. God, my father in heaven, gives me so much and more. Am I ever content? The bills are paid, my house is warm, my stomach is full, yet I have kitchen cabinets that need repair, and I get angry and frustrated, or I bemoan the housework. I complain about this, and I get frustrated over that. I’ve been given so much. Will it ever be enough? Can I ever be content?
Phillippians 4:22 Says… “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
I am doing the Lord’s work as I raise my children. When the time comes, I am confident that He will reward me for it. Colossians 3:24 says “since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Praise God for that! When I give my all, and it feels not enough I know God will fill in those gaps and reward me for my work. More importantly, though, I need to remember to treat God the way I want my children to treat me.