In the midst of this, there is Good News. I do believe there is more to behold. While being a mom is hard work, there is One Who came to this earth Who did the ultimate work. Jesus. He came to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. He lived a life of humbly serving and loving His enemies...He died a death that He did not deserve to bring us into His grace...He is and has always been in the business of redeeming His beloved church. We are His. And I believe that freedom in Christ in any area, but especially in how it relates to motherhood, is found in beholding this incredible Savior again, and again, and again. Instead of how hard we are working to keep our homes and families in running order, let us contemplate THE work done that allowed our hearts to change and be in "running order" in the first place. Instead of exalting the service we do in laying our lives down for our children, let us exalt THE One who was the perfect example of a servant in laying His life down. Like I shared earlier, this calling is about so much more than our service, our works, our feats for our children...it is about Christ and how He laid His life down for us.
I don't share any of this to discount or dismiss the real struggles and sacrifices that we are called to everyday as parents. But what I am doing is inviting us to behold the earthly struggle of Christ who was crucified and overcame the grave to give us LIFE. I am inviting you to behold the ultimate sacrifice. I am far from getting it. I long to behold Him more and more everyday, and yet I fail at it often. And yet, I know in my heart that the only freedom we have from resentment of the cup given to us is to look to Christ who keeps pouring, and pouring, and pouring again. As we behold Him more and more, we behold the difficulties of our lives less and less.