I recently had to give the devotional at a baby shower in my church. While I find great joy and freedom in shaping words on paper, standing and speaking the same words fill me with terror. Particularly if there is no “role” I am playing (like teacher or acting a part). I am better speaking in a role than if I’m standing there sharing from my heart. Still, I wanted to do it and wanted to be used by God. This post is what I shared with these women. I got the inspiration of thought from this blog. As I have a hard time sharing thoughts that aren’t mine…I took the inspiration and formed my own devotional around it.
In making this, I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of scriptural and practical advise I could give a new mom. I wanted to make it simple, but how do you make motherhood simple?
The Westminster Shorter Catechism’s first question is “What is the chief end of man?” The answer is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. It boils down the christian life to its most simple and delightful duties. It brings to a halt our strivings for grander illusions because our souls delight in doing what they were made to do. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
But what is the chief end of mom? Is it enduring long sleepless nights in a rocking chair as your child is teething? Is it the mundane and never endings tasks of countless diaper changes, feedings, loads of laundry and cleaning? Or the sacrificing of all the fun stuff you did before children? All of these things will happen…and you will ask “Is this all I am?”
The answer is no. The chief end of mom is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. How can you glorify God in the midst of your exhaustion?
Matthew 11:28–Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)
How can you glorify Him in the never ending care of your children or the duties of the home that threaten to rob you of a joyful heart? You can remember Mary’s example in Luke 10:41-42
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
What is the one thing that Mary so willingly chose over frantic doings?
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
(Isaiah 55:6 ESV)
There will always be chores and tasks to be done…make seeking the Lord a priority and you will have the strength to glorify Him in all your tasks because…
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.(Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)
You can glorify Him as you teach your children about God, about Christ and the gospel. Living it out before them, as found in Deut 6:4-7:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD 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. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-7 ESV)
We have a unique opportunity to shape the next generation. While we cannot make them come to know the Lord, we can train and instruct in the ways of righteousness and grace so that the Spirit can call our children to Christ. The home is a glorious work of both evangelism and discipleship that we as parents are called to live and grow in.
God has also called us to enjoy Him…how can we practically enjoy Him in the midst of being Mom?
We can remind ourselves the joy of being HIS CHILD…
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1 ESV)
And enjoy the benefits of HIS FAMILY…
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.(Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)
God has gifted us with His presence, His love, His grace and His strength but also His family. Take help when it’s offered. Ask for help when it’s needed. Seek those who can pray with you and give counsel on the new tasks of motherhood being placed upon you. You are not alone. Many have gone before and one day, others will come after you and you will be able to help them. In the midst of it all…remember what the chief end of mom is. It will help to simplify the tasks, burdens and work as it reminds you to simply glorify God and enjoy Him forever.