By: Karen Beauvais
For the last three years I have been fortunate to have a job in E-commerce at a very successful company. They pride themselves on a work-life balance, and I am really lucky that I can homeschool my kids by day and be a career mom at night with a little sleep in between.
This has been my year for awards at work. Best this, best that… and then the queen mother: Best in class for the entire year. One night, I was whisking out the door to an awards banquet and my daughter said, “Hey Mom, where are you going? I paused for a minute and said, “Off to get yet another award that, in the scope of eternity, means absolutely nothing.”
Sometime later, when I changed desks, I realized all my awards would not fit in the same spot. So I packed them up and took them home. There in my bedroom was a pile of corporate rewards a foot high.
I realized in that moment that it was the only plaque I ever needed. It represented my life’s true accomplishment: four beautiful children who grace my life with love and laughter (...okay, and sometimes a little aggravation too).
So much pressure to perform rests on us, as woman, whether your job is at home or in an office. But with my children, I can be myself, and they love me, warts and all. That’s the kind of comfort and security not even the best job can bring, and the reward for a shared, selfless, life that only mothers know.
The smell of a newborn, the giggle of a toddler, the imagination of a tween and the fun that teenagers bring… after they consume every ounce of food in the pantry. I can painlessly imagine my life as a mediocre employee, with no awards to speak of, but I perish the thought of a life without children. All that zaniness and all that tenderness-- I just could not live without.
Today, let’s remember to appreciate all that there is in motherhood, and celebrate every moment. Whether you are the mother of one, or many-- we all have only eighteen short years to enjoy the ride. While the awards and accolades we receive at work won’t benefit anyone outside our job, the reward of raising kids in the loving admonition of the Lord will not only bless us and our children, but others as well. The awards are limitless and eternal.
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3)
Father, Help me to remember that no matter how mundane this day is and the tasks within, that you are shaping my children through me. Help me to take that job seriously and embrace its call. Help me to revel in the goodness and shun the things that marginalize the importance of this job. Today, I will remember that you are my reward and the good things you bring into my life are all of the things I really need.
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