“I just feel like I’m not doing anything as a mom. I’m not sure what my purpose is. I’m not really doing much,” my new friend said as we sipped on our lukewarm chai lattes. I felt her pain. The dishes, laundry, messes, fits, disobedience, and more sometimes make motherhood feel like it’s just not worth it. The common question remains: Why am I doing this, day in and day out and for what benefit?
It’s interesting how in many mom circles, we’re trying to find our identity and purpose in the work we’re doing. I’m all for moms doing what they love, having a business, or building a career if that’s how they best serve their families. I’m a stay-at-home mom with a passion and calling to write, and I often feel the tension rising when my priorities are out of whack.
In the midst of all we have on our plates, we can’t lose sight of our responsibility and mission to faithfully shepherd the hearts and lives of our children with the love of Jesus.
I’ll never forget reading a book in my college child psychology class called The Power of Mother Love, which revealed the enormous impact a mother has upon her children from infancy, through the formative years, and into each developmental stage of their lives. The book marked me as a single woman years ago and still does today. When I get discouraged, I remember that book and that the work I’m doing isn’t in vain even though at times it feels that way.
The impact we have upon our children as their very own Momma is massive. Like throwing a stone into deep water, the ripple effect of loving them reaches far and wide, into a future we may never one day see.
Jesus says that as Christ-followers, we’re the light of the world. He doesn’t say you “might” be the light of the world or you “will be someday,” but you are the light. Right now, in your present circumstances, among the orange crushed goldfish on your clean floors, the piles of clothes scattered throughout your bedroom, and the dirty dishes overflowing in the sink.
You’re the hope of the world in the midst of the chaos and conflict in your home. There’s no plan B. To your children, home is wherever you are. Your primary mission field is in the home—where your husband and children are, where you long to be after a hard day’s work or weeks of travel. Home—the place where love shines brightest into the hearts of your children. Home—where God sees your sacrifice and service as worthy.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.
PRAYER: Jesus, you’ve given me a vital and significant mission inside my home in loving the impressionable and moldable hearts of my children. I confess that it’s the hardest work I’ve ever done. Give me the strength I need to shine my light brightly and to reach my children for your glory and honor. Amen.
* This post was an excerpt from one of our regular contributors, Samantha Krieger, who recently launched her first book Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches