As I was reading and researching the other day, I came across a statement written by someone I love and admire that has stayed with me --and that is reaching into the heart of this day on my own front porch. She was working to encourage her readers and made the statement that she always knew that she was meant to be more than just a mom.
It occurred to me just moments ago, as I realized that I was being a capital brat while preparing the vegetables for tonight's supper, that that very mindset is ingrained in me, too.
I remember the day so clearly when I was in sixth grade and our teacher was doing a round table about what we were planning to be when we grew up. Oh, the grand plans! It was fun to listen to our class talk about the future. One of our friends surprised us, though. She wanted to be a wife and a mom. Out of our whole class -- and every girl I knew for that matter -- she was the only one. And we thought it so strange!
Growing up on the first wave of girls truly being able to "be anything," I was excited and so ready to do the great thing!
Most days, I remember all day long that the great thing that I will do with my life is walk with Christ. For those of us who know Him, love Him, follow Him, there is no higher calling.
But there are times like in the hour that has just passed, that our enemy bears down unmercifully on the mantra that has been a part of what has been taught to girls for as long as I can remember. Do you know what was washing over me as I sliced peppers in the kitchen? You were made for more than this! If you didn't have to do this, think of all the important things you could be doing right now! You will never get these moments back!
The truth is, what I was made for is God. He created me to glorify Him.
As soon as I realized what was happening (and that was that I was being an absolute brat), I reached for an attitude adjustment. I have food! A kitchen in which to prepare it! Precious mouths to feed! A calling that is the most (and only) beautiful part of me! The thankful things are simply everywhere.
So, I say to you (and to me) if He has given you a child, there is no such thing in His estimation as "just a mom." ♥