Motherhood is an eternal and essential calling. However, if you’re a mom living in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you may not feel so glorious. With a new year comes a new chance to evaluate our lives and our how we feel about them. Here are three little bits of inspiration for any LDS mother wondering how she is going to make it through another year.
There Was No “Beauty” in Christ
At the start of a new year, you may feel it is time to make some resolutions. While making and keeping worthy goals help you be a healthy mama, desperately striving after perfectionism will only drain and distract you. Consider this scripture from Isaiah about Jesus Christ:
“When we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.”
In today’s modern world, we often seek after an ideal and beautiful version of life. You see perfectly curated homes and cute, vintage clothed children on social media and Pinterest. You get loads of advice from everyone around you about what type of mother you should be. Yet, we need to remember the way the world defines beauty and success is very different from God’s definition.
You are already beautiful, not because of how your home looks or the picture-perfect selfie at Church, but because of your desire and effort to love and lead your family in righteousness.
It Is Never Too Late Start Again
With that being said, it is never too late to progress and grow in motherhood! Maybe you look back on the past year (or years) and feel like you’ve failed. You can always make the choice to start becoming the person and mother you want to be.
Instead of making resolutions (that you may give up on in mid-January), focus on learning to rely on Christ. By building a relationship with your Savior, all the other areas of your life will be impacted for the better. Any goals you set will be put in an eternal perspective and you’ll find the grace and strength to accomplish them.
Motherhood Impacts the World
Motherhood isn’t glamorous. It doesn’t often command the respect of the world. It’s dirty, exhausting, soul-altering work. On the days where you feel like giving up, it is important for you to know what you do changes the world. That’s not meant to put pressure on you or make you feel like you’ve been given an impossible task; it’s a reminder that what you do is important and that God is on your side. He knows you. He knows what you do is essential to bring about his ultimate purpose: the exaltation of his children.
Do you know what Neal A. Maxwell said women of God know?
“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time. The women of God know this.”