“How can I concentrate on important spiritual things like sanctification and the return of Christ when my mind is full of baby things?”
Questions like: did I bring enough diapers with me and did I remember to wash the sippy cup and is this living room really baby proofed and is it normal that she’s hungry again and when will that tooth ever make an appearance?
Not important, right…?
I heard this from an anxious mama when my first son was young, and it’s been troubling me ever since.
Here’s why: since when has caring for the immediate, critical physical and emotional needs of a vulnerable person become not an important gospel thing to be doing?
- This is loving my neighbor as I love myself
- This is serving someone else who needs my help
- This is considering others more important than myself
- This is laying down my life in the pattern of Christ
And yes, the transition to motherhood can be challenging and all-consuming. After all, we are learning so much on the job.
But it isn’t a transition away from gospel service.
Diapers and other important spiritual things
Take changing diapers, for example. Cleaning someone’s bottom
- is love
- brings peace
- restores joy
- requires patience
- is kind
- is a good thing to do
- takes faithfulness especially when it’s needed 5 times in the same morning
- calls on me to be gentle with the little person who isn’t always so keen on the procedure
- requires self-control when I’d intended to use that moment for something less demanding on the senses
It is not
- brain sapping
- a waste of time
- and a waste of my energy or education
I mean this as an encouragement to those making this great adjustment to being a mom. You haven’t stopped living the Christian life. You haven’t stepped away from spiritual things. You are not on the spiritual sidelines. You are taking care of another human being, one who is weak and vulnerable. You are taking care of one of Jesus’ little ones.
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”