As you know, Mother's Day was this past Sunday. I have seen numerous photos of mamas and their kids, as well as the gifts that their kids gave them. Those pictures are always a highlight for me, and I look forward to the one-of-a-kind gifts from my kids each year.
But did you get what you really wanted? I've compiled a list of the Top 10 Mother's Day gifts, and I sure hope you got some of these!
1. You make a meal that your kids actually eat. Maybe they even complimented you on it!
2. You got to sleep in past 7:30 am.
3. Someone else made you breakfast AND cleaned it up!
4. Your kids all miraculously got along.
5. All of your kids napped AT THE SAME TIME!
6. You got to shower uninterrupted.
7. Your hubby or children did the dishes for the day.
8. No one argued when you said, "Time for baths!" or "Time for bed!"
9. You got to catch up on some of your favorite TV shows or Netflix shows.
10. You got bunches of hugs and kisses from the little sweeties that made you a mom in the first place!
I got some of these gifts! Did you?
Whether or not you did or didn't, there is one thing all moms have in common. We are examples of servant leaders.
It is true. The question is whether or not we will embrace our role, our calling, or if we'll waste our opportunity to show our children what is looks like to serve others with grace.
We have a perfect example to follow. Jesus, of course! In Mark 10:45, He said, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many."
Yes, Jesus left His throne in heaven to be a servant to others on earth. I try to think, "If He can do it, I can do it!" But that doesn't always help me when I'm up to my elbows in dirty dishes or folding the third load of laundry that day.
It is all too easy for us to assume an attitude. It is human nature to look out for number one. It's that selfish, sin nature inside all of us. It is something we will have to battle every day of our lives if we want to emulate Jesus. The only way to do this is to get more Jesus. "He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less" (John 3:30).
And just because we serve does not mean we are insignificant. Our role as mother, which sometimes looks like a nurse, a maid, a short order cook, and a bus driver, is one of the most noble callings. Yes, it is your calling if you are a mom. It is kingdom work! Little eyes are always watching, and who is with them most of the time? It's us, moms! We are an important leader in our kids' lives.
Sometimes, I think we just need to fully embrace the calling of motherhood. (Maybe that's just me!) We have an example to follow, and it is only with His help that we can do this.
It can be overwhelming and frustrating to think of all the "mom responsibilities," but Jesus is here with us. So take a breath and remember those precious little hugs and kisses and pictures and homemade cards. We are doing a noble thing. We are doing kingdom work. We are moms.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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