You've probably seen this video. If you haven't, take four minutes and watch it right now -- you'll love it!
Okay, I admit it. This video made me tear up a little.
I realize that being a mom is not a "job" in that it's an occupation. But it is tough, that's for sure.
In today's culture, I think too many women downplay the role of mom. They let other people mother their children. They look at having a baby as something that ruins their body and taking care of their child as an inconvenience to their career or their social life.
Being a mom is an all-encompassing role. It is a 24/7/365 deal. Women need to know and accept this fact before entering into motherhood. It's not a one time delivery and then continuing on with life as she knew it. Her purpose in life changes. Her priorities have to shift. She will have to make sacrifices... but sacrifices that are worth it.
When women don't treat the role of "mom" with such importance, they rob both themselves and their child(ren) of the mother-child relationship's full potential.
No one said this would be easy. The people in the interview obviously thought the job sounded ridiculously tough and even "inhumane"... until they realized that the "job" was being a mom. Then they realized that yeah, it's what moms do.
Psalm 127:3 states, "Behold, children are a heritage from God, the fruit of the womb a reward."
I love that. Kids are a gift, a reward, our heritage, and the fruit of a woman's womb.
A blogger I like to read (and who posted about this video) pointed out that three times as much church growth occurs because of births rather than conversions. That means that kids born into Christian homes and become Christians themselves account for many more new Believers each year than do conversions of non-Christians into Christianity.
That makes being a mom (or a dad!) all the more important.
Our kids imitate what they see. What kind of faith are you putting off as a parent? What kind of habits do you display? Are some parents even around their kids long enough to display them? Do parents pray with their children, read and discuss the Bible together, or praise God as a family?
Parenthood should be fun, but both moms and dads need to recognize how important the role is before taking it on and consider whether they are ready for the commitment it takes to raise a child. Christian families should especially realize how crucial their role is for their child's life and salvation.