Don't Give Up
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Our verse for this week is very applicable for a mom. We do grow weary, don’t we? I know I do! I grow weary even at the stage of life that my children are in now, but I was definitely weary when they were all small. But, Paul tells us in Galatians not to become weary for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
When is that proper time? Well, unfortunately for us moms, that proper time is after many years of hard work and dedication. We usually do not see results with our children until they reach adulthood. I mean, we get glimpses of our harvest a little bit at a time as they grow, but the large harvest we do not see until they are adults.
When my children were young and they would go visit a friend or spend the night out I would pick them up and sometimes that mom would tell me that my child was so well mannered. I remember Greg and I thinking to ourselves, “Well, at least they are well behaved outside the home.” Hearing those types of comments always made us feel like we were going in the right direction with our children. Those are the glimpses of harvest I am talking about.
So, moms of toddlers who are in the trenches day after day of “mommyhood,” hang in there! There will come a day where your vocabulary with your children will expand to other words rather than, “no, stop that, be nice, don’t hit, sit down while you are eating, don’t push, don’t bite, share, clean up your toys.” Well, the “clean up your toys” will just change to “clean up your room.”
And, moms of elementary aged children don’t grow weary during these years with your children. You will one day not have to do homework, you will stop being the taxi cab driver for the family, and one day you won’t have to pack lunches or do so much laundry or attend those PTA meetings at school.
Moms of teenagers don’t give up on that teenager who acts like you are the stupidest person on the planet. Hang in there with your adolescent that believes s/he is an adult! Be patient with your teenager who thinks s/he knows it all and you are just over reacting to everything! Your harvest is almost ripe; soon you will be reaping your reward!
To ALL moms, keep teaching, guiding, loving, disciplining, don’t let any bad behavior go unpunished but always reward and praise the good behavior. Keep giving lots of kisses and hugs and high fives whether deserved or not. Don’t ever stop loving unconditionally just like our Father loves us unconditionally, because at the proper time you WILL reap a harvest, and it will be worth all of your hard work and toil.