By Sheila Halasz
Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
– Isaiah 49:15
I asked a preschooler, “Why does your mommy love you?” He said, “Because that’s my mommy’s job. Mommies love kids, and my mommy is really good at her job. Daddy wants her job to be cleaning the kitchen,but she really is not that good at that one.”
Everyone has a job in this world that shows you are interested in someone. If you are a banker, you are interested in people who are investors. If you are a doctor, you are interested in people who are patients. If you are a researcher, you are interested in people who can be a statistic.
If you are a mother, you are interested in your child. You have other things you must do and care for, but your love for your child is the most important part of being a mother. You want your child to be the best he or she can be. Love allows you to accept a child who is different from you. Love allows you to accept a child who looks you in the face and says, “No! I will not do that!” Love allows you to pick up countless little toys off the floor when you are tired and sweep crumbs in areas you never thought food was allowed. Love allows you never to forget your child. Love even can allow a dirty kitchen to be less important than a child.
The job description of loving a child is the biggest one a person will ever have. It is through that love that the child is truly formed. A baby may be physically formed in a mother’s womb, but he or she is emotionally formed while in a mother’s presence. That is a job that is truly more important than cleaning a kitchen.
Draw a big heart on a piece of paper, and display it in your kitchen today. Write either the names of your children in it, or write your mother’s name in the heart. Pray that the people in your heart feel the love you have for them. If you can, show the heart to someone and share how very important the job of being a loving mother is and that it lasts a lot
longer than a clean kitchen.
(This devotion is taken from It’s a Good Thing Children Are a Treasure…They’ve Broken All My Other Ones, available digitally on Group.com. )