My husband attended Ohio State, so we've watched a lot of football. I remember this one game we went to - it was a HUGE game and the stadium was packed with over 100,000 fans! When we stood to applaud the sound was deafening.
I had a sobering moment during the game where I stood there and thought - "wow - this is a lot of applause for some guys who are chasing a little brown ball around a field."
I mean really?
Then I thought of all the moms at home everyday - 24 / 7 changing morning diapers, nursing, cleaning spit-up off your shoulder, feeding the family breakfast and packing lunches, giving hugs and saying morning prayers with the children. Moms carpool their children to all their games and faithfully sit in the heat or pouring rain to support their kids. There's heaps of laundry and piles of dishes done every day and bedtime stories and lots of kisses to go around.
Does a crowd of 100,000 stand and applaud these moms and cheer them on?
There really aren't accolades in mommyhood yet what we do is so much more valuable than chasing a little ball around.
Luke 12:24 says "Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And HOW MUCH MORE VALUABLE YOU ARE THAN BIRDS!"
This verse speaks to my soul!!! Did you catch it?
You are so valuable!
Have you been told that yet today or this month? If you haven't, open God's word and right there he wants to tell you that you are so valuable to him. He loves you so. He sees all your sacrifices and hard work and he values you. You deserve a standing ovation and I know you didn't get one this morning but I bet you are getting some pretty great sloppy kisses and priceless cozy hugs.
God is our audience of One. Let's seek his applause!
And from my heart to yours - I am giving moms everywhere a standing ovation today!!! Keep pressing on! Oh and that spit up on your shoulder - that's your badge of honor. Wear it proudly.
Walk with the King!
Courtney, Women Living Well