Being knee-deep in poopy diapers was not exactly my dream job…but I can look back on my 34 years of being a parent and see how selfishness has been squeezed out of me, how patience has increased many times over from those early days, how my abilities to deal with melt-downs and all manner of come-aparts have grown, and how I found God in the trenches.
One of my earliest jobs was as a cashier at a grocery store. Now, decades later, I remember that there were customers that I loved having in my line because they were friendly. There were also a few that I would literally hide from because they would ruin my day, they were so nasty and mean. I remember how much I appreciated being treated like a person and how much I appreciated it when I was treated with kindness.
Mothers, you need to receive gifts because you are seen! You are loved! You matter so much! I hope you will search and find the holiness of this season through not only giving, but being willing to receive gifts from others even if they aren’t wrapped or put under a tree.
As women, we are often unduly critical and harsh with ourselves. We devalue our worth and the incalculable positive impact we have on the world around us. With these self stunting thoughts, we are prone to cocoon inward and rarely venture out of our comfort zones to embrace new friends or reconnect with old friends.