Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)

Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank) – Desiring God.

 

As you know, on Saturday I like to post things related to the Christian and our (post-) modern culture. I believe this post from a godly wife and mother falls into that category. Rachel Jankovic writes about the beautiful, sacrificial nature of motherhood. She places motherhood and children where God puts them – the high value of God’s own call and Christ’s own cross! And that, in our day, is truly counter-cultural! I really appreciated her perspective, and I pray it is a source of great encouragement to our wives and mothers. I will quote a few paragraphs and ask you to read the rest. And husbands and dads, you read it too! And by the way, you will notice that this busy wife and mom also blogs – you may want to check out her website.

 

Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.

Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.

Our culture is simply afraid of death. Laying down your own life, in any way, is terrifying. Strangely, it is that fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die—and trying to escape that death by running into the arms of death.

…Live the gospel in the things that no one sees. Sacrifice for your children in places that only they will know about. Put their value ahead of yours. Grow them up in the clean air of gospel living. Your testimony to the gospel in the little details of your life is more valuable to them than you can imagine. If you tell them the gospel, but live to yourself, they will never believe it. Give your life for theirs every day, joyfully. Lay down pettiness. Lay down fussiness. Lay down resentment about the dishes, about the laundry, about how no one knows how hard you work.

Stop clinging to yourself and cling to the cross. There is more joy and more life and more laughter on the other side of death than you can possibly carry alone.

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