More Than Diapers

UnknownI’m kind of in the thick of it now.

The diaper changer.

The face wiper.

The hand sanitizer.

The block tower builder.

The good manners teacher.

The “Choose obedience” reminder.

The “Great job!” encourager.

The “simple and easy” meal maker.

The dishwasher loader.

The chore trainer.

The nap time enforcer.

This is my life right now. And I wouldn’t trade it for any other.

But there are days when I’m tired and think, “Didn’t I just unload that dishwasher?” Or “How did she time that dirty diaper for right this very second?”

When I think about all the tasks I completed in one day, I can be tempted to think that as a mother this is the sum of all I am.

I’m just the diaper changer. 

This perspective is so very wrong in a couple ways.

I know from Scripture that there is no task too menial for anyone. Jesus, the Savior of the world, got on His knees and washed His disciples dirty feet.

“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them (John 13:15-16).”

He came to a broken and fallen world and made Himself nothing.

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil 2:5-7).

To ever think that I am above any task reveals a proud heart.

It is in serving that I learn what it means to be like Jesus.

But I do think that as mothers, our hearts realize that mothering is more than the diapers.

Our hearts long for more because the task God has called us to is more than Pampers or Luvs or the polka dot Target brand favorite.

I am taking a Biblical Parenting class right now at Southern Seminary and my teacher Danna Stinson put it this way,

“You are called to shepherd the souls of children who will never die.”

The souls of children who will never die.

That little toddler singing in the tub.

That little baby crying out her lungs.

Those are souls who will never die.

And God has given me the authority and responsibility to raise them and point them to Him.

“Let the little children come to me, for such is the kingdom of God (Matthew 19:14).

Mothering is not a burdensome task, it is an opportunity to see God work in the lives of my children.

Yes, it’s a long road.

And there are no shortcuts for those who have the right end goal in mind.

But if I know where I’m heading, on the days when I feel like just the diaper changer, I can stop and humbly remember:

I am shepherding the souls of children who will never die.

That is not a mindset the world gives me. This perspective is what God says about my calling.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).”

If I don’t embrace God’s perspective on mothering, I will be tempted to blurt out things like, “No one notices the work I do around here!”

Or I will be like the moms who complain every day about how hard mothering is. Yes, we all have hard days. We are all guilty of complaining at times. But I so want the pattern of my life to be one that values the diapers because I know what I am doing is so.much.more.

I am shepherding the souls of children who will never die.

I’m praying with all my heart, that one day, the little souls in my house will glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

And that is worth more than a trillion diapers.

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My mom recently answered some questions about “diapers” from a young mother on her blog.

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Also, I highly recommend The Faithful Parent for all of you moms out there looking for practical wisdom and encouragement for each age and stage of parenting.

One thought on “More Than Diapers

  1. Emily G says:

    This momma is right there with you…choosing to set my mind on the eternal. Seasons come and go and I want to appreciate them all…the good and bad. May He be glorified in All we do.

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