This past weekend the local paper featured a story about “working” mothers who’ve been forced to leave the workplace and their stay-at-home counterparts who’ve been forced to join the workforce, both due to the economy. One mom commented that she has a hard time now being “just a mom.” The force of that statement struck me hard.
At first, I must confess, I was a little judgemental. I mean, c’mon, how can you say that about the highest calling?
Then, as the days have passed, I’ve found myself struggling with the fact that there are no television producers knocking down my door. I do not have a book contract waiting in the wings. I am not going to be on the evening news. I am not hitting the big time anytime soon.
And I found myself lamenting the fact that I’m, you know, just a mom.
But – oh! What wrong thinking! Being a mother (whether I work outside the home or not) is a good thing!
Didn’t we just have Mother’s Day? Didn’t we just see hundreds of greeting cards line the shelves at StuffMart touting the value of moms? The irony is not lost on me that the article I read was in Sunday’s paper. The culture will give lip service to the value of mothers, but then go on knocking it.
My value (and yours) is not found in the opinions of the news media or a paycheck. It is found in being a necessary component in the life of a child.
Of doing my best for the children God has placed in my care.
Of making a difference – in my own family.
So today, I’m going to try just to be the best mom I can be.
PS. Please don’t read this as a dig to moms who are in the workforce. That is not what I’m saying. at. all.
My hope in writing this was to encourage you whether or not you have another job besides being a mom. Your mothering is important. And I hope you feel the value of that. And I hope, hope, HOPE you are enjoying it.