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So to be real, I struggle being a mom. Maybe it's just me, though somehow I doubt it. I love my kids but sometimes they actually drive me crazy. Sometimes I think someone might have to ship me off to the loony bin because I turned into a zombie from the continual whining and complaining. And then there's the never-ending discipline and the destruction... "No, don't peel that wall paper off the wall!" "Why would you squirt that in your brothers hair?" And the having to cut the gum out of my hair because someone left it on the couch. Is this seriously worth it? I'm like almost grey! And I'm 37!
So what makes being a mom worth it? Why in the world is this season of insanity important? Should I treasure this time and cherish it because I'll never get to hear those cute little things they say again? Or is it that they will grow up to be something great someday? (Can I just tell you how much I hear that with my two strong-willed boys) But what if they make bad choices and end up in jail? Or what if they choose a career that really isn't that great? Then was it not worth it? Or what if something happens and they are physically unable to be the greatest __________? What really makes being a mom worth it? That is the question. Because there is just too much sacrifice wasted to get it wrong.
So here it is. Being a mom is valuable because each tiny soul is the handiwork of God. Each precious child is uniquely made to give the world a little glimpse of what God is like. So unique that no one else to have ever existed can display the same incredible characteristic of God. His finger prints are on them.
Being a mom is worth it because of the eternal value of what's been entrusted. For instance say I had a $100 bill to give you. But I wadded it up and spit on it. Is it still valuable? Of course! Why? Because of who made it. I can print off a $100 bill but it would be worthless. It's only valuable because the US Mint made it. Mothering is worth it because we have been entrusted with an eternally precious masterpiece. Mothering is worth it not because of what they will become or what they do or don't do but because of who made them. They are eternal God reflectors. That is why motherhood is worth it. That is why each grey hair and each soul scratching whine is worth it. Because that wee-one is made in the image of God.
Laura, the creator and host of Missional Women is married and has five kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 12 years serving with Master Plan Ministries. Laura is the Women's Development Coordinator and has discipled over 150 girls, led over 30 Bible studies and speaks to college and women's groups. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, and A Devotional Journey through Judges, a devotional to accompany the free online Bible study at TheBookofJudges.com. You can find her on facebook,twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram and her author site.
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