Do this. Don’t do that. Do this. Don’t do that. I failed. I failed again. Get back up. Try again. Failed. Condemnation. Discouragement.
Why is it that, as moms, we often live like the Gospel doesn’t apply to us?
The beautiful thing about the Gospel is that Jesus freed us from perfection. He died so that we can live.
So why do we live as if we need to achieve perfection…that anything less is unacceptable?
We are ruled by the rules, but we don’t even know which rule to follow. Discipline methods. Health and nutritional rules. Screen time, no screen time or how much screen time? Read this much each day. Play outside. Stay away from the sun. Sunscreen or no sunscreen?
Maybe it’s just me, but I can get so bent. out. of shape. trying to do my best. All the rules fistfight in my head until it hurts.
But the rules are not to rule us – Jesus is, and His word for us is Grace.
The goal of our faith is…relationship.
The goal of our mothering is…relationship.
Ultimately, the goal of our lives is to bring glory to God and others to Him, and the best way to do that? Relationship.
Can I challenge us today, as moms, to let go of the small rules that stress us out? Give yourself a break. Give your children a break. Savor life alongside them. Enjoy them.
May we teach them to follow Jesus more faithfully than any rule.