I highlighted the post below on my Facebook page yesterday, but it needs all the recognition it can get. The insight found therein goes so hand-in-hand with Lent, that it merited the transfer of Words of Wisdom to today.
Whether it’s motherhood or being a wife, God beckons us to imitate Christ in exhausting ourselves – giving everything we have. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. That doesn’t necessarily mean physically dying and passing into heaven; it indicates a spiritual death, too. A death that involves denying my own wishes and plans so that someone else might live, might benefit.
If a mother takes full advantage of the opportunity to so closely imitate Christ through her own denial of self, I’m certain she will go straight to heaven. This chance is a gift from God, and oh how often I squander it in clamoring to make life about ME over my vocation.
This post from Your Best Nest is a perfect challenge for Lent. In the spirit of Christ, may we die to ourselves so others might live more fully.
A spotlight on a single, simple reminder. Words of Wisdom, indeed.
“Mommy, Somebody Needs You” by Megan Morton Your Best Nest
Some days never seem to end, and the monotony of being “needed” can really take its toll. Then, it all started to hit me, they need ME. Not anybody else. Not a single other person in the whole world. They need their Mommy.
The sooner I can accept that being Mommy means that I never go off the clock, the sooner I can find peace in this crazy stage of life. That ‘Mommy’ is my duty, privilege and honor. I am ready to be there when somebody needs me, all day and all night. Mommy means I just put the baby back down after her 4am feeding when a 3-year-old has a nightmare.
I am sure there will come a day when no one needs me. My babies will all be long gone and consumed with their own lives. …I may even be a burden. Sure, they will come visit, but my arms will no longer be their home. My kisses no longer their cure…I am sure my heart will yearn to hear those tiny voices calling out to me, “Mommy, somebody needs you!”