A message for mothers

I recently had a friend request from a girl I met in the fourth grade. We haven’t talked or seen each other since high school. Boy, was I surprised to learn she’s an investment banker, living in Singapore, married to a Frenchman. She travels all over the world for her job.

Sounds glamorous, doesn’t it? I thought so, too.

Moses parted the Red Sea, David felled Goliath, and Joshua took out an entire city with his marching band.

Me? This morning I washed the breakfast dishes, filled the Crockpot for tonight’s supper, walked the dog, sorted the laundry and ran to the closest Redbox to return a DVD. Not exactly earth-shattering stuff, is it?

The truth is, it can be tempting to look at the lives of others with a pang of jealousy. I’m an easy target for the green-eyed monster.

But then during my quiet time, I found a nugget tucked away in the New Testament. A ray of hope for moms who are wondering if what they do every day matters. Look at 1 Timothy 5:9-10. We may be tempted to skip over this passage, addressed to widows. But take a closer look.

No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. (Emphasis mine)

Did you catch that, dear mom? Bringing up children qualifies as a good deed. This Mother’s Day, rest in that assurance.

Let’s talk: Have you ever been tempted to look at the lives of others and compare? How do you stay focused on the job God’s given you?

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