What does that even mean?
We say this to each other all the time. We say it when the kids are crazy and mom is on the verge of tears. We say it when mom has a spotless house, adorable lunches, and super creative outings & educational activities.
It’s also a phrase we use to put ourselves down. We say it to someone else, “You’re such a good mom…” but finish it in our own heads… “so much better than me.” Because we see another mom’s strengths and only our weaknesses. And we classify her as a “good” mom.
My son has been learning new stuff like a crazy person. Just one of those weird “learning spurts,” I guess. Of course, this often elicits comments like, “You’re so smart!” from proud family members.
I’ve heard those words myself. Spoken them to others. But I can instantly write them off. With a damaging inner monologue chronicling my failures.
You are a good mom!” And I believe for about…
I’ve failed. I’ve struggled. So how could I possibly be a “good “mom?
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Paul boasted about the Thessalonian church’s “perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.”
He sees it. Your children experience it.
How do you get up and do it again? After the daily struggles and failures? It’s not by believing you are “good.”
It’s by knowing you have and you can work hard at this. That your effort and dedication to this ministry is what He will see when He says “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
“I’m not a ‘good’ mom. I’m more…