Lies Moms Believe: Lie #2
lie #2: motherhood is unimportant work
By Rebekah Hargraves
READ: Genesis 1:27, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Matthew 28:18-20, Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4
Do you ever feel as if you, as a mama, are caught up in an ordinary, mundane life in which you repetitively work on the same tasks day in and day out? Do you feel like you’re caught up in a lifestyle of drudgery? I would venture to say that you are not alone, mama! We have likely all felt that way at one time or another.
In all our talk yesterday of motherhood not being our ultimate highest calling (but rather an outworking of our overarching calling of being image bearers and ambassadors of Christ living out the Great Commission - Genesis 1:27, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Matthew 28:18-20), I want us to be careful to not somehow turn to the opposite extreme of believing the lie that mothering is unimportant work. Just because it is not to be viewed as our highest calling does not at all mean that it lacks importance! In fact, we saw yesterday that motherhood as being an extension of our mission to make disciples makes it incredibly important!
What I want you to know today, mama, is that the work you do every single day to care for and raise up your children (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4) is not mundane. When writing Lies Moms Believe, I actually looked up the dictionary definition of “mundane” and what I discovered led to my being convicted to never again use that word to describe any aspect of my life. The definition refers to things that are dull, boring, and merely earthly and temporal rather than heavenly and eternal. This clearly cannot describe motherhood, for mothering souls which have been entrusted into our care is eternity-impacting, kingdom-growing work! It is anything but mundane.
And yet I know sometimes it feels rather mundane. But hear me when I say this: every time you clean your house, you are teaching your children stewardship and cultivating an atmosphere in which you can carry out the ministry of hospitality. Every time you cook and serve yet another meal, you are meeting the needs of your children and showing them you love them. Every time you wipe another nose, listen to another story, play another game, or break up another fight, you are growing the foundation of a close relationship between you and your children, are reaching their hearts, and are loving well those little disciples of yours.
So, the next time you believe mothering to be unimportant or mundane? Shoot back at the lies of the enemy with God’s truth!
Scripture for Meditation:
“Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old he will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6
Questions for Reflection:
1. How has believing the lie that mothering is mundane or unimportant negatively affected your attitude towards your children and your daily work of caring for them?
2. How could remembering that motherhood is important rather than mundane provide you with the vision and passion you need in order to fulfill this sacred calling well?
3. How does mothering impact eternity? What truth would you share to encourage a mama friend who is struggling today with her own vision for motherhood?
Lord, thank you that even though I sometimes feel terribly caught up in a web of mundane drudgery, I’m truly not. Thank you that there is purpose, impact, and eternal, lasting importance in the work that I do everyday - even work like unloading the dishwasher or vacuuming the floor. Help me to wake up each day viewing my work as a mother the way You do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.