I didn’t want to say it.
He would think I was being dramatic. Or PMSing. Or just plain ridiculous, at the very least.
Even in my head it sounded selfish, but the pain of my perception was burning up my soul, so I opened up to my husband.
“ …you get to go out and do big things, while I do little things that no one sees or appreciates…”
“Reading” board books (I’ve memorized them all).
Picking up blocks… for the tenth time (and it’s only 9am).
Sometimes I feel like my life is Groundhog Day.
The same things over and over.
The same small things.
To be honest, much of the time I struggle with feeling pretty insignificant. Do you, too?
#momlife is far from glamorous. Filled with more protest than praise. More frustration than “fruit.” The days are long, and the rewards seem far off.
Over time, we begin to see this supporting role as “little” and others’ work and accomplishments as more important.
Have you ever felt like you’d make a bigger difference somewhere else? Anywhere else but home? I know I have.
So we go out in search of more. Bigger. Only to find ourselves more worn out and still very unfulfilled.
Can I encourage you today, moms?
You’re making more of a difference than you know, right where you are. Those small things—they all add up to a bigger impact than you will probably ever glimpse in your lifetime.
Small is big.
We can see the importance of small in the life of Jesus.
He poured His life into just twelve common men.
He helped and healed those who could offer nothing in return.
He left the celebration of the crowds for communion with God.
Jesus was God--it doesn’t get any bigger than that. And yet He made Himself small, so that God could be big in Him.
Philippians 2:5-8 tells us:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset of Christ Jesus: Who, being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name...
Friend, when we are little, He is big in us.
God sees you
wiping milk up off the floor,
comforting your child, up for the 3rd time tonight,
going the extra mile to make your husband’s favorite meal.
God sees you, and He honors you.
You serve Him so well.
Don’t fall for the lie that motherhood isn’t enough. Your story may never be written in the New York Times, but it will be etched upon the hearts of those God has entrusted to your care.
More important than worldly fame, is to be known and loved by the Creator of it all… and you are.
And though we can’t see Him with our earthly eyes, I am sure of this—that He is with us in the small places. Listen closely and hear Him whisper in your ear today, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Well done.”
Sometimes I can feel so invisible and insignificant, but thank you for
Your truth that trumps my feelings. The truth that says that You planned all of my days before they came to be (Psalm 139:16). The truth that says that when I humble myself, You will lift me up (1 Peter 5:6). And the truth that You are working out Your plan in my life (Philippians 1:6). Thank You for the privilege to serve You and to make You known. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Author: Katie Gibson