I don’t know what its like to be a mother. I have not carried a child inside of me. I don’t know what it’s like to give birth. I don’t have motherly instincts or the protective care that most mothers naturally have over their children. Then every Mother’s Day comes along and I am supposed to preach to mothers. It’s one of the many impossible challenges we face in the ministry.
I suspect there are times when Moms ask the question “Is it worth it? “Is my mothering worth it when the kids don’t listen? It is it worth all the effort when they ignore what I say or when they outright defy my wishes? Was it worth it to pour all those years of love and effort into that child who grows up to deny the faith or turn to a path that brings God grief? Is it worth it to keep the house clean when no one even notices that the baseboards got dusted or the vacuuming was done? Was it worth it to work that extra job to bring in that money to help them go to school?