Motherhood. It’s often a thankless job, but one day out of the year everyone acknowledges the contribution of mothers. I personally think we should celebrate moms on Labor Day as well, but that’s probably because I was in labor for two days with my son. In a world where abortion and a laid back approach of parenting are on the rise, it’s more important than ever to recognize the importance in mothering.

It’s not enough to physically have a child and write “mother” under relationship on doctor and school forms. The best mothers are those who take time to parent and prepare their children for life. I find it sad when women say, “I’m just a stay-at-home mom.” I’m sure your husband and kids truly appreciate that more than you could know. Mothering has actually helped my career, as my most popular blogs are about parenting. Not only that, but many other topics I focus on in writing and stand-up are inspired by my children.

Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Ministries and son of Charles Stanley, put it best when he said, “Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.” I love this quote, but would have to argue that if you’re raising someone to love God and people, then you’re definitely doing something and doing it right.

Just think of all the greats of our world. Someone had to teach them morals and manners, take care of their daily needs, discipline them when needed, and even do less glamourous chores like changing their diapers. Everyone who is anyone started out as an infant, even Jesus! I believe that’s one of the reasons God sent Him here as a baby. God wanted to show the family unit and the importance in a child needing a parent. Jesus could have easily came as an adult, but God chose to send Him as a helpless baby.

Every day I question my decisions on parenting. Sometimes I feel guilty for not spending enough quality time with my kids, and other days I feel bad about having to discipline them. It’s hard enough to parent with God’s help. I couldn’t imagine trying to tackle the task without Him!

The older I get, the more thankful I am for my own mother and the more I admire her. Something about being a parent yourself, or even just an adult, leads you to appreciate all your parents did for you. Remember this not just on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, but every day of the year. They didn’t have to take care of you and help you get to where you are today. But they did. Thank them for that. Happy Mother’s Day!

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