A Mother's Duty
When we think about responsibility and our roles as mothers, there comes with it the reality of duty. Duty is not a dirty word. Duty is recognizing we have an obligation we are expected to uphold, whether we feel like it or not.God has given us the role of mother, to care for, teach, nurture, discipline, and disciple our children.
This is not something to be taken lightly. And believe me, I know it's notan easy role. But never once were we ever promised an easy life. In fact, I think to expect such a thing is truly far-reaching. It's impossible, even if we try to control all our situations, eventually hardship will find us. Or we are majorly neglecting areas that need more attention in our life for the sake of ease.
A Simple Life
My husband and I have taken multiple trips with our children to a local historical village that allows you to go in and out of the old houses and shops from the mid-1600s to early 1900s. Some of the exhibits are actually livewhich means they have people dressed up in clothing from that time and literally cooking meals they would have cooked in the way they would have cooked them.
We always leave the village longing for a simpler life. People back then, they literally worked in order to eat and survive. The women spent all day cooking a meal to feed their family because that's how long it took! The work was rewarding and family time was valued. Today, rather than working to survive, we work to entertain.
The Value of Work
We want everything to be as easy as possible, to take the load, off so we can chase our own desires. And I promise you, I am just as guilty of this as anyone. Why do I want to work in the kitchen all day preparing meals when I can get it from a box and it takes 20 minutes?
This has proven to be completely unfulfilling in my own life. Why? Because God didn't create us for a life of ease, and when we take shortcuts we lose something of value in our role.
I understand we live in a fast-paced culture and society. It's almost inescapable. There are pressures in all directions beckoning us to do one more thing. The busy life is hurried indeed. But the decision to follow that flow is entirely up to us. We do not need to engage in everything society does (or even everything we or our children want) in order to become successful people.
We don't need to reject all modern conveniences either, but I believe there is something of value to learn from the days of old. I believe we lose something when we take shortcuts. And I don't think all the tools and gadgets are all necessarily for our good. Not sin, just not necessarily profitable. (1 Corinthians 10:23)
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. Proverbs 13:4
I'm not saying we can never do things out of convenience; but less is more.
We Have an Obligation
So, what is the duty of motherhood? It's to embrace our calling and wholeheartedly walk in it. It's to recognize that we have an obligation to our children to pour into them. And I can promise you that it won't be easy and recognizing this fact will help us know that when things are hard, we're in the right place.
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
Poverty is more than financial. We lose much when we aren't putting in the work required to nurture our children.
...a child left to himself shames his mother. Proverbs 29:15