This post is to help any non-moms understand why mothers are always so tired!
“…in humility value others above yourselves, let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4 NIV
When I became a mother, I never knew how much work was involved! You see, I had babysat a million or so times and thought I’d be a pro… but, good moms, are much more than babysitters.
Really good mothers are selfless and, they take Scripture to heart.
The Job Checklist
Loving moms live out these verses on a day-to-day basis, putting the needs of their children before their own. Moms are willing to stay up late or get up early; to wash clothes, cook a meal, prepare lunches, sit with a sick child, clean the house, work from home, ‘help’ do homework, listen to a broken heart, wipe away tears, and other questionable substances.
For many moms of littles, tweens, or teens right now, you know that being what your kids need takes a lot of effort and Covid-19 has added the role of teacher to the litany of job requirements.
And that’s why mothers are always so tired!
In Philippians 2:3-4 Paul was encouraging believers to treat each other well. He reminded us all to have the same attitude of Christ in the way we interact with one other. He instructed with these words:
“don’t be selfish and…
think of others as better than yourselves…
take care of the interests of others…
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Leading By Example
As a great leader, Jesus never asks us to do anything He hasn’t already shown us by example. The selfless characteristic of a mother comes from being made in the image of God. At no other time do we reveal the attitude of Christ better than when we place the needs of others, before our own.
But sometimes it’s hard to know when to stop helping and take a rest. It seems Jesus was very discerning with his need to balance work and rest, but I don’t think many moms have mastered this divine dance.
Moms would be wise to heed the advice in Galatians 6:9 and discern, where to draw the line, taking to heart these words that say,
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time… we will reap a harvest… if we do not give up.
Wise moms rely on God’s strength to help them be the best mother they can be, not wearing themselves as thin as the carpet on their floors. Oh! How I wish I’d been a wiser mom when my kids were little.
Mothers, it’s my prayer that you understand how valuable your labour is. You are truly the hands of God extended to your child. Believers everywhere, follow in the attitude of Christ to be His hands and feet to those around you.
Father…I thank You for showing me how to love self-lessly by sending Your one and only son to earth. Let me not become weary in well-doing as I follow Your lead. I ask You to help me love in the attitude of Christ, placing proper value on those around me and providing for their needs. In Jesus Name…Amen
Related Soul H2O Radio/Podcast Episode
Ep#39 The Weary Mom Syndrome
I hope this conversation with Heather Rodin and Becki Baxter help provide some practical tips to break the crazy cycle of The Weary Mom Syndrome in your life and leave you refreshed!