"…THE DISCIPLES KEPT URGING [JESUS], 'RABBI, EAT SOMETHING,' BUT HE SAID, 'I HAVE FOOD TO EAT THAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT.' THE DISCIPLES SAID TO ONE ANOTHER, 'COULD SOMEONE HAVE BROUGHT HIM SOMETHING TO EAT?' 'MY FOOD IS TO DO THE WILL OF HIM WHO SENT ME AND TO FINISH HIS WORK,' JESUS TOLD THEM." JOHN 4:31-34
My children are easily distracted.
It’s not unusual for me to catch them grabbing a snack or “checking in” on a sibling in the middle of digital learning. When I tell my boys to clean their room, I often find them playing with Legos instead. As their mom, I gently lead them back onto the right path, reminding them of what they are to be doing.
I am easily distracted too.
It’s not unusual for me to find myself on social media, staring at someone else’s latest #goals, project, or parenting hack. One moment I know exactly who I am and why I’m here… the next I’m careening down the rabbit trail of all the things I “should” be doing. (This most often happens in my marriage, motherhood, and ministry.)
Here are just a few “shoulds” I told myself this week:
You should take the kids on more walks.
You should make a chore chart.
You should post more pictures on social media.
While all of these are very good things, in the end my well-intended “shoulds” become exhausting.
Keeping up with the Joneses has always been a struggle, hasn’t it? The F.O.M.O. is real. But if we are to make our lives count during our short time here on earth, we must learn to stay on mission.
When I think about a man on a mission, I think about Jesus. He knew why He was here, and that vision propelled Him. No one could deter Him from His path. Carrying out God’s will for His life was food for His Spirit— life-giving and satisfying. His life was powerful because it was focused. (Think for a few seconds about all Jesus did in just a few short years of ministry!)
No, Jesus didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, but if we look closely, we can see multiple opportunities where He could have easily been distracted…
Satan tried to distract Him. (Matthew 4)
Even Peter tried to get Him off track. (Matthew 16:21-23)
The Pharisees and Sadducees constantly opposed Him.
Through it all, though, He never once swayed from His mission. And thank God He didn’t! Our very salvation depended on it.
So, then, what can we learn from Jesus’ example? I love what my friend, Anne, says: “God’s ways are always simple.” (Hint: simple doesn’t mean easy.)
When it comes to being moms on mission, there are only two things we need to do:
Easier said than done, right?
What is your mission as a mom? Is this something you’ve considered? Knowing your mission helps you to define what matters most, so you can let everything else take a back seat.
I’m convinced many of us don’t enjoy motherhood the way God intended because we’ve taken on a bunch of unnecessary expectations (here’s looking at you, Pinterest). Like Jesus, carrying out God’s mission should be satisfying and life-giving to us as well. That doesn’t mean it will be “sunshine and rainbows” all of the time, but it certainly shouldn’t feel like a burden.
Friend, what is God calling you to? I challenge you to spend some time in prayer, sit down, and write out your mission.
Next, acknowledge anything you’ve taken on that is heavy or ill-fitting. Just because fourteen friends have backyard gardens doesn’t mean you should too. Just because your sister’s kids are thriving at homeschool doesn’t mean it would be best for you. Just because your neighbor loves her side hustle doesn’t mean you will. Learn to set boundaries with both others AND yourself.
Once you acknowledge and get about your mission, you can expect a visit from the enemy called “Distraction.” It’s impractical to think you’ll never get off track. You will. I will. We all do.
Here’s the key: allow Jesus to firmly and lovingly re-center you. Ask Him to remind you who you are, and why you are here. Learn to “keep in step with the spirit” (Galatians 5:25). He guides and directs us, helps us in our weaknesses.
As moms, God has entrusted us with the next generation. This mission is too great to miss! Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, and run with focus.
WE’RE READING THROUGH THE GOSPEL IN SEVEN WEEKS!