Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Service of Motherhood

By Charles Stanley:
"Children are a blessing from the Lord (Ps. 127:3-5). Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.

Sometimes this constant serving can be exhausting and even discouraging-particularly for a first-time mother. But you can take real encouragement from Jesus. One of the best examples of gracious servanthood is found in John 13:3-16. By kneeling to wash His disciples’ feet, the Lord showed that the key to true leadership is humility. And it is humility that leads to eternal reward.

Unless you are willing to stoop down and get your hands dirty, you will miss the real riches of motherhood. By dying to your own desires and pouring your life into someone else, you become like Christ and create a godly legacy that will carry on for generations to come. What greater blessing could one hope for? Of course, the motivation for serving others is not to reap benefits, but when we follow God’s plan for our life, that’s what happens.

In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake-to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled."
One of my take-aways from all this is how much this applies to not just motherhood, but life in general and that perhaps the biggest problems we face comes down to just the two things mentioned here: (1)selfless servitude--or lack there of and (2)humility--or lack there of.  It was ironic this devotional touched on humility because recently I was thinking it is the single most important quality to have as all other good qualities seem to stem from it. I wouldn't say humility is the key to leadership, but rather the key to life. I don't know if our modern world can even grasp anymore the concept of humility, as evidenced in this video:

Feminism aids in the cultural misunderstanding about humility, because it is a philosophy that is "me" first. Behind all the "women's rights and issues" efforts, the life force behind feminism is making us turn inward to a life of selfish servitude and sometimes arrogance. That side effect of feminism is something we all absorb; women, men, and children.

1 comment:

Lori Alexander said...

It is amazing that the more I have learned to serve, the sweeter life has become and the happier I am!!!