There’s something about being a mom that just makes me stop and question who I am in the midst of all the chores, the caregiving, the grocery store visits, making lunches and on and on. In the day to day, what is it that keeps me going? Is it my need to check things off the list? Well, being a super organized person, yes, you could say that, but at the heart of the matter, what prompts me to love my child like I do?
The love of Christ. Ah yes, this is it! I’m compelled to love like Christ did because He loved me first.
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (RSV)
So you see, our love for him comes as a result of his loving us first. 1 John 4:19 (TLB)
His love for us is what drove him to the cross. Good thing it wasn’t simply a checklist of things He had to do because I wouldn’t want to be on it. No, I want to be on the most loved list. The one that tells me He willingly died for me. The one that guarantees I’ll be with Him in heaven forever and that He will take perfect care of me right here, right now.
So I asked the Lord, “Please, don’t let me get caught up in the never ending checklist because my daughter, my family and others you’ve brought into my life are just too important for that.” Life is so short. I need to make the time count. And there are people around me suffering from a lack of love, literally love-starved because they don’t know this Savior who first loved them.
Help us Lord to not place loving our families, witnessing to those around us and encouraging others on a checklist. And not to place conditions on people either. We want them to do what we want and then we’ll love them. Jesus is the opposite. He loved us first. What does that really mean? He didn’t expect anything in return. He just knew He wanted us with Him so He willingly agreed to die on a cross rather than live without His kids.
When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
John 14:3 (NLT)
There’s no greater way to love than to demonstrate the love of Christ to our children and our families. He is our example. So, if we are poured out during the day, rejoice moms! All your efforts are seen by your Heavenly Father who does not slumber, nor sleep, but watches over you and your family’s coming and going both now and forevermore. (from Psalm 121).
God has built something very special into moms. A nurturer at heart, one who watches over her household, cares about every little detail, knows that certain look on her kids’ faces that means something is not quite right, packs the lunches, drives back and forth here and there to make sure everyone is where they need to be. What a glorious role God has given us as mothers. You better believe it’s challenging! But oh so rewarding. For the love of the Savior is poured out from us to our kids. Now whether they acknowledge that or not at the time, it is still true.
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plans the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her own hands she plants a vineyard. She is energetic, a hard worker, and watches for bargains. She works far into the night! Prov. 31:15-18 (TLB)
Ok, first I just have to say that I wish I had someone helping me do chores around the house like this woman did in verse 15, but I love this picture God paints in Proverbs 31. He never says this woman is perfect, but look at all the multi-tasking! This woman is talented, hardworking and puts a lot of effort into making sure her household is run well. It’s a picture of you as a mom. How awesome is it that God recognizes all that we do. He knows our busy schedules and asks us to do all these things with the right motivation— love.
And, I don’t want to forget to tell you… moms, you’re doing a great job! Don’t you dare beat yourself up for those mistakes you’ve made along the way. Repent and ask God to make you strong in the areas where you are weak, and then move on and don’t condemn yourself! Christ died for your sins, your mistakes, your weaknesses. He has given you this important role, along with the strength to carry it out beautifully. Not because He has a checklist, but just because He loves you and wants to shine His love through you to your children and others around you.
One of the best ways to help you stay on track is going right to Jesus and with other moms who can relate to both the struggles and joys of motherhood. We face them together and bring it all to God in prayer. Moms in Prayer has truly been that community where I feel loved and supported as a mom and join my sisters in Christ in prayer, getting to know God better, trusting in Him more, weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice.
What a glorious Savior, who teaches us to love like He does.
He has placed us on the Most Loved List!
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