Why What We Do Really Matters
Why are we doing what we’re doing? Sometimes being at home can feel like we’re on the hamster wheel of life. Laundry, dishes, meals, teaching, disciplining, cleaning…repeat. Then there is the pressure within society, “How long are you going to do this?” “Are you ever going to get a real job?” (yeah, don’t you hate that one?) or “She’s just a stay-at-home mom.” If we get too close to that rabbit hole, it’s easy to fall into a mind-set of despair and self-pity. Once we’re there, it’s even harder to climb out.
But the truth is…with every tear you wipe, meal you prepare, correction you give, you are faithfully discipling the next generation of men and women. It may not feel like that, but make no mistake, changing a nation begins in the home. Martin Luther said it this way: “What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and work flow.” Do you know what the power of a faithful mother can do? It can raise up an Abraham Lincoln, a John Wesley, a Laura Ingalls, A Samuel, a Timothy and so on.
Look at what God has to stay regarding the raising of children. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Not only are we given an incredible model for teaching our children, but we are also given a secret weapon to combat the lies of the world, did you catch it? “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.” That’s right, the first step is getting God’s word into our heart. It’s like the instructions the flight attendant gives you on the airplane when she sees you seated next to your children. “Be sure to put your mask on first then place one on your child.” If there’s no oxygen in our lungs, how can we rescue our children? If God’s word does not richly dwell in us then we cannot pass it on to them. Yet, when our hearts overflow with God’s words, there is no stopping the faithful mother in her quest to win her children’s hearts and turn them to Christ. Open your eyes to the sacred moment in the mundane, the holy in humdrum. This is how you are teaching them when you are sitting in your house, walking by the way, lying down and rising up.
So, the next time your day doesn't go as planned or you say to yourself "why am I am doing what I'm doing?" Remember that God is so pleased with your faithful work to raise up your children. He made you the perfect mother for them and knows the depths of your sacrifice. Leave the days in His hands and watch Him redeem the time.