There are 11 1/2 days of school left. I know because my girls give me the count every single day. I'm as ready for the school year to be over as they are.
The school year can be a grind. By spring break, my girls are usually ready to be done. Add in some added sports drama, bad weather that won't seem to end and pre-teen hormones, and this school year seems to be longer and more trying than most.
I gotta tell you, I'm tired and worn out. It seems every day around here brings bad attitudes and tears. So far this week, I've sent kids to school in tears and made them cry as soon as they have gotten home. I've handed out discipline left and right. I've encouraged and pushed. I've helped a struggling child with math and another with tough spelling words.
At the end of the day, I fall into bed, and there are still shoes on the floor, clothes to be washed and work to be done. And I wonder if I've made a difference that day.
As worn out as I am this month, I know that there are other mommas out there who are struggling to reach the end of the school year, too. I know that there are days when you wonder if you're making a difference. I know that there are moments when you look at those precious children of yours and wonder if anything you're doing is getting through, if any of it matters.
Even in the midst of this march to the end of the school year, in the midst of my worn-out days, here's one thing I know. What you're doing matters. It matters today. It matters tomorrow. And it matters for eternity. Because every moment you choose to pour into your child, every moment you spend teaching them about God's love for them, every moment you encourage them, every moment you hug them as they cry matters. Those moments matter because there's no one else who can fill the precious role of mom. There's no one else who loves that child like you. And, most importantly, there's no one else that God chose to be their mom.
So, on the days when you want to throw up your hands and walk away, on the days you would give just about anything you own to go to the bathroom by yourself, on the days when it seems that nothing you do is the right thing, remember this: What you do matters. You're teaching and loving and discipling your kids. Your helping them learn to follow Jesus. You're growing the next generation.
And it matters. It matters in ways that leading a Fortune 500 company never can. It matters to those little hearts in your keeping.
Being a mom is the toughest, most rewarding and most draining job I've ever had. There's no pay, and some days the rewards are few and far between. On days when we're tired and worn, it seems like this motherhood journey may never end. On days when we see nothing in the way of tangible results, it can seem like we're doing nothing right.
But remember this. God chose you to be the mother of your child. He chose you to lead and encourage and disciple this child. He chose you in all your imperfectness to be a shelter for this precious soul. And He didn't do that lightly. He didn't just give you that child because you were next in line. He gave you that child because you are the perfect mother for him or her. He gave you that child because what you do as a mom matters.
Precious mom, if you remember nothing else, remember this: What you do matters. It matters to your kids, and it matters to God.