Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday's Quote: Keeping an Eternal Perspective in Motherhood

As a mother, I tend to get caught up in the daily grind of fixing three meals a day, schooling and disciplining my children, and keeping the house clean.  I forget that this season will end, that one day I won't have little ones anymore, and then when I blink again, I won't have any children at home.  If I forget these things so easily, no wonder I can't remember that my children have eternal souls that need to be nourished.  From Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman:
Being a mother is wildly fun, yet because of eternity it is a serious joy at the same time. 
As mother, we can so easily become fixated on the immaturity of these little image bearers, who show people their boogers, that we neglect to treasure them as reflections of God's glory.  In our noble efforts to practically raise our children to grow up to be adults, we often miss something.  We miss the rising sun that signals another day of grace in which God has entrusted us with nurturing His little image bearers to love and honor Him first and foremost and forever.   
When the mundane looms larger than eternal life, we forget who God is, who we are, and who our children are. 
We tend to forget about tomorrow and eternity when our day is filled with the tyranny of the urgent.  Do you ever feel like that ball in the arcade game that ricochets off the walls?  We supervise homework while diverting toddlers from swishing their arms in the toilet.  We hand down verdicts in Mother's Court about whose toy it really is.  We try not to forget to switch out the laundry to the dryer so we can have clean clothes to wear tomorrow.  No wonder we struggle to remember what we did this morning, much less keep an eternal perspective.
Do you have trouble keeping an eternal perspective when dealing with your children?  How do you deal with it?

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