Recently I noticed a shirt advertised on social media emblazoned with the quote “Mommin’ Ain’t Easy.” The first time I saw it I laughed out loud, because I can totally relate. Being a mom is not easy for a million different reasons. Some of those reasons are funny and others are much more serious. The underlying commonality behind those reasons is that they all must be endured. When you’re a parent, quitting isn’t exactly an option.
A few months ago I ran my first half-marathon. It required a lot of mental and physical endurance. I had to endure heat, fatigue, and physical pain. It was hard! However, one of the things that helped the most was to focus on the end. I was going to finish one way or another even though at times it seemed like I may not ever see that finish line.
Isn’t parenting like that? We know there’s a goal… a finish line so to speak. But oh my goodness, when you’re trying to convince your toddler that his burrito is not “too pointy” and that he should eat it; the finish line sure seems like a million miles away. So why don’t we give up? What gives us the strength to endure? I think the answer is love.
We don’t love our kids for the sake of our own personal comfort or satisfaction. We love our kids for the good. The good that can be found as we endure each season of parenthood. The good that comes when we continue to sow faith and obedience.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. – Galatians 6:9
That verse is one that I am frequently quoting to myself in the day-to-day challenges of raising my children. Parenthood, much like childhood, is just a series of phases- each one different from the last but still with the same goal in mind.
It is when the “Mommin’ ain’t easy” moments arise and I catch myself struggling, I try to recall the good that I’ve seen in my children. The times they’ve comforted and encouraged each other. The times they’ve willingly shared or put one another first. There is so much good to be seen and celebrated within the challenges. I encourage you to do the same. Remember that it is for the good, not for the sake of, that love endures.