And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17
Each Thursday, one of our writers from Team Hope will write a letter to a weary mom—an encouragement—and post it here on the blog. At the end of the post, we’ll invite you to join us by writing your own “Dear Weary Mom,” post and linking it up.
Dear Weary Mom,
When you enter the season of mothering it’s so easy to fall into the comparison trap. Each day we face a counter full of dirty dishes clamoring for our attention, a mountain of laundry waiting to be washed, dried, folded, and put away, and an avalanche of toys littering the floor. And aside from the household chores we do our best to love, nurture, and meet our children’s needs.
All that we do is constantly being undone, we have no report card or paycheck to measure our performance, therefore we begin to wonder just how well we are doing. It’s tempting to compare ourselves to someone else as a way of determining how well we are performing. However, comparing ourselves to someone else, can never end well. Either we will feel inadequate and begin to doubt our abilities as a mother; or we will become puffed up with our mothering skills which leads to pride.
Each one of us has our own set of talents, gifts, and way of doing things. We are each unique and what one person is able to accomplish doesn’t mean someone else can or should accomplish. Everyone’s circumstances are different. Some of us live near to family (which is a big help) others do not, some have two parents in the home others do not, some of us struggle with depression others do not, and some of us may be able to juggle many plates while ours can’t.
So the next time your tempted to compare yourself to someone else…Don’t. Just do, all that you do, in the name of the Lord Jesus. (And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17)
Count blessings, Kasey