Do you ever feel like motherhood is a thankless profession? It seems so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t it? We live in a world that measures the success of a person’s life in achievements, and material things. The things we have, or lack thereof, define us. Suddenly we are looked at as “just” mom. Maybe that isn’t all of it? What if we could consider what we were leaving behind, instead of what we were attempting to gain? Maybe we should focus on the bigger picture. Would our view of motherhood change?
“Just” Another Mom
Ten years ago I left a profitable career to become a full-time mom. It was my dream job and one that I had found success with. Everyone thought I was crazy. Why would I give it all up “JUST” to be a mom? This friend is one of the great downfalls of our society…..the words “just a mom.”
This morning I held my growing 7-year-old in my lap for morning snuggles. I fed her breakfast. Then together we washed her hair and brushed it until it was shiny. I have taught her how to walk, to talk, to read, and to tie her shoes. She probably doesn’t think of me as “just” another mom. This morning I asked her what she loved about her mom. Guess what she said? She said she loves that I am fun, that I take care of her, and that I love her. Funny, she didn’t mention my college degree, or the type of vehicle I drive. She doesn’t care about my salary or the house we live in.
Someday she may achieve a level of greatness that I could never imagine for her life. Maybe she holds the cure for cancer or will build schools in Africa. Maybe she will lead 1000’s of people to the Lord. Without a supportive mother, she may have never even learned to read. Maybe she will “just” be a mom. Guess what, I will be happy with that.
Motherhood is one of God’s greatest blessings. For a short time you lay down yourself, and you start to live for someone else. It grows a love so deep, and so pure, that no one else can even understand it. Let’s not sell it short. Please don’t define yourself as “just” a mom.