I have been bombarded this week by Facebook funnies, articles, conversations and even scripture that points out how awesome and needed moms are. This comes at a good time because the stay-at-home mom gig has been leaving me feeling a lot of blahhhhhhhhhhhh lately ( I really did try to find other words to use besides blah, but it just fit the best!).
Our society has made the job of mom feel so less important than anything else. I read a great article by Matt Walsh on this very idea. This is a section from Matt’s rant on society about how they currently view motherhood:
“I want to kick our backwards, materialistic society in the shins and say, “GET YOUR FREAKING HEAD ON STRAIGHT, SOCIETY.”
This conversation shouldn’t be necessary. I shouldn’t need to explain why it’s insane for anyone — particularly other women — to have such contempt and hostility for “stay at home” mothers. Are we really so shallow? Are we really so confused? Are we really the first culture in the history of mankind to fail to grasp the glory and seriousness of motherhood? The pagans deified Maternity and turned it into a goddess. We’ve gone the other direction; we treat it like a disease or an obstacle.
The people who completely immerse themselves in the tiring, thankless, profoundly important job of raising children ought to be put on a pedestal. We ought to revere them and admire them like we admire rocket scientists and war heroes. These women are doing something beautiful and complicated and challenging and terrifying and painful and joyous and essential. Whatever they are doing, they ARE doing something, and our civilization DEPENDS on them doing it well. Who else can say such a thing? What other job carries with it such consequences?”
My goal today is not to take on a feminist kick and say women are the best thing in the world, but I want to remind all of you moms out there that what we do is SO important!!!
Here is an example in scripture you might not always contribute to exemplifying motherhood, but it does. It’s subtle and often overlooked, it’s found in Matthew 14:13-21; Jesus feeding the five thousand. This is usually a familiar story to most Christians. The paraphrased version goes like this:
Jesus was with his disciples on a boat very tired, but a crowd of people (some say five thousand, some say a lot more than that) came to see Jesus. Despite being tired Jesus went to the people. He blessed and healed many, then the disciples pointed out it was getting late and the people needed to go home so they could eat. Jesus said no, let’s feed them. The only thing they could find was a small boy who had some fish and bread. Jesus blessed the food and it miraculously fed all who were there with a dozen baskets of leftovers.
So where is the mom in this story you may ask? Well the person who had the fish and loaves that Jesus used to multiply is described a s a boy. Now this is my own imagination added to the scripture, but I would think that that little boy had a mom somewhere who had taken the time to prepare a meal for her son. Maybe she wanted to go with but needed to stay home, or maybe she was there and had brought the food to feed her son. Either way, she had taken the time, as all mothers do, to think about the needs of her child. God used the workings of a mom through the meal provided to her child, who willingly handed it over to the Savior a miracle that we now read about today.
Don’t underestimate the importance of your job as mom. Parents are the ones who set the standard of who their children will become. We are their first teachers, loves, doctors, pointers towards Jesus.
I may go crazy at time being a stay-at-home mom, and there may come a day I go back to work, but my job, my God-given responsibility as a mom will always be the most important thing in my life.
Have a blessed weekend! Moms- hold your babies tight, they are such a blessing!