Oh? What? You didn’t know that? I’m surprised since I try so hard to broadcast that fact to everyone. That’s why I rush my kids out the door so we won’t be late. That’s why I spit on my hand and wipe their faces so that they won’t look messy. That’s why I whisper-yell at my children, telling them to behave in public.
And all that trying to “be perfect” only increases my imperfection.
How many of us fall into the trap of believing that we need to be “perfect moms” who raise “perfect children?” That we need to mother a certain way, dress a certain way, keep our homes a certain way and discipline a certain way. That our kids need to behave a certain way, look a certain way and speak a certain way.
Those are called puppets, not children. And we behaving like actors, not mothers.
Perfection vs. Balance
The world calls us to be “perfect” mothers, but I believe God calls us to be “balanced” mothers.
A “perfect” mother puts appearance above relationship. A “balanced” mother sacrifices appearance for relationship.
A “perfect” mother seeks approval from others. A “balanced” mother seeks approval from God.
A “perfect” mother finds reward in perceived success. A “balanced” mother’s reward is a peaceful heart, family and home.
A “perfect” mother perpetuates the lie and spreads disillusionment. A “balanced” mother breaks the lie and spreads hope, truth and inspiration.
The challenge for us today is to focus on being balanced rather than perfect. That every moment we’d love our children more than our clean house or the approving look of a stranger. That our confidence, strength, hope and identity would be found in God and the trust He’s put in us by giving us His perfect little gifts that look to us and call us “Mommy.”
How To Be A Balanced Mother
Here’s the problem. I can’t be a balanced mom. Neither can you. We can’t do it alone. As humans we crave the approval of others. Until we migrate our identity from this world to the arms of God, we will strive to be perfect mothers. That’s why I’m so passionate about spending time praying and reading every morning. Before the voices of others crowd out His, we need to hear from Him that He has given us everything we need to love well. We need to be reminded that we are precious, beautiful, powerful and worthy of the love of the Almighty, Everlasting God. Because once we hear that…who cares what anyone else thinks.
And that, right there, my friends is a truth that demands a good fist pump.
In reality, though, words are cheap. Action speaks loudly. So, here are 2 simple things you can do to take action towards being a balanced mom:
1. Take 1 minute right now to pray that God would begin to change every facet of your heart so that it can reflect His. No one tries to balance with their eyes closed. No, they have a focal point. Pray that God would be your focal point today. And, yes, you only have to pray for 1 minute. I’m all about low goals here at InspiredToAction.
Because doing something little is bigger than doing nothing at all.
2. Resolve to get up 5 minutes earlier tomorrow morning so that you can start your day focusing on Him.
God has called you to this journey of motherhood. Give it all you have.
(Previously shared January 2010.)Leave a Comment