The Best Mother’s Day Gift

Mother's Day

If you’re a mom, you might wonder why every day can’t be Mother’s Day. Being a parent is tough work, no matter what that looks like for you. Unfortunately, there is only one day allotted on the calendar to celebrate moms, but we have to be a mom those other 364 days, too.

Have you ever considered motherhood as a missions field? It’s messy, filled with long days and daunting tasks. There are some really high points, like the first time you hold your newborn in your arms, and there are some really low points, like when your teenager argues with you for the 900th time.

As moms, we need to remind ourselves that we are on a missions field everywhere we go, modeling Christ for those little people who call us Mom.

This year, I will celebrate my very first Mother’s Day, so I am no expert. My son is almost one, and I know I have so much to learn as he grows up. It’s helpful knowing that I have a sacred job, a job that I do not take for granted.

Of my many jobs as a mom, the most important is to model Christ for my son and always point him to Christ.

I will fail. I have failed. I am a sinner, just like everyone else. But I am actively trying to learn from my mistakes and show my son humility, grace, and forgiveness.

Is it too soon to work on these things? I don’t think so. I don’t think you can ever be too young to learn about Christ and how to follow Him.

This Mother’s Day, I am excited to celebrate almost a full year of being a mom. I am excited to see what gifts my son (well, my husband or the daycare teacher) has made or picked out especially for me. I am excited that I have made it almost one full year as a mom and that I have so much room to learn and grow.

There is no such thing as the perfect mom, just like there is no such thing as the perfect Christian. Like I already said, we all fail in some way each day, but the good news is that God has given us the gift of grace.

That gift of grace He so kindly has given us is the best Mother’s Day (or any other day) present I could ever hope for. When I mess up, I can own up to the mistakes and seek forgiveness. When I want to throw in the towel, God gives me just a little more energy or patience. When the energy and patience has run dry, He sends in reinforcements (i.e., my husband) to give me a moment of peace.

Motherhood is a tough missions field, but it’s rewarding and so fulfilling. As Christ gives me grace in abundance, I try to do the same for myself and for my son. He’s little now and doesn’t understand much, but he’ll get bigger and learn how to push buttons and argue and throw tantrums in the middle of the grocery store. I pray for grace in those moments.

Mother’s Day is the one day each year that moms get the recognition they deserve all year long. Celebrate the moms in your life by giving them grace. That’s what we really need most.

And a spa day. A spa day would be nice.

 

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