Motherhood is a marathon, not a sprint. If you’re like me, you have seasons where you are running through motherhood at a pretty good pace and feel optimistic about how things are going. Then other times, the race gets a bit treacherous, the obstacles are difficult, and it feels like you’re running uphill with no end in sight. In these moments, we sometimes start looking around and comparing ourselves to other moms in the race and we become our own worst enemies.
It is when we are barely trudging along, sweat pouring off, every muscle in our body hurting, looking like a mess and trying to fight through the pain, that we notice her: that perky, upbeat “perfect” mom that trots by without a hair out of place. To make it worse, she is pushing a jogging stroller with twins that are perfectly behaved and she waves as she passes us by. We convince ourselves that she has it all together and we are not equipped to be a good mom. We start feeling like failures.
This is when we need someone in the crowd to cheer us on and encourage us. We need someone on our sideline to remind us that perfection is an illusion; someone that wants us to stay the course and persevere.
Unfortunately, I know too many moms that line their paths with people that are not cheering them on, they are just dragging them down. The women in their life yell things from the sidelines like “You are just a mom, look at all you are missing in life.” They point their fingers and say, “Your kids are bad and it’s ALL YOUR FAULT” or “Things aren’t working out because you aren’t good enough.”
Who is in your cheering section? Do you even have one? Every mom needs like-minded friends and support from other moms to keep us on track and running the race.
Hebrews 12:1 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
I often say there is no way to be a perfect mom, but there are a thousand ways to be a great one. A great mom runs hard after God and stays the course, but to be a great mom, you need other moms around you that are running after the same things. If you’re feeling discouraged, don’t give up! You can live a life of courage and faith and run the race with all you have. You can be the mom God has equipped you to be. God has plans for you and your family and He is in your cheering section, He is telling you that He picked you to be the mom of your kids for a divine purpose and you are equipped to do this. It’s often said that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. He called you to run the race of motherhood with all you have. Are you listening to Him?
Go, mom, GO! You can do this! The finish line is closer than you think.