I have shared this quote before, but I think it bears repeating here on this Mother's Day weekend...
"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness."
|Me and My Mom, 1961|
I have been so blessed in my life to have known many women who saw their task as a mother as a "huge" one, a serious one, a vital one. My own mother took her mothering job very seriously. (She still does. Once a mother, always a mother.) My daughter Kristin and my daughter-in-law Sarah are two more such mothers. How grateful I am! A grandmother's heart is at rest when she knows that her beloved grandchildren are being raised by such mothers.
If you are a mother, may I encourage you to recognize the enormity of your task? And may I direct you to the One who equips you for this task?
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.
A few years ago, I shared more thoughts about mothering. You can read them ~here~.