It Matters

Mattered

I drop exhausted into bed at night with about a dozen things still on my to-do list. And I know there will be more things to add tomorrow. As I lay there, I wonder if what I'm doing matters. I wonder if what I'm doing really makes a difference in my kids' lives. I wonder if I'm ever going to be the wife, mother, employee or friend that I want to be.

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a mom who works outside the home, it's easy to look at your day and wonder if you accomplished anything. But the truth is that what you're doing matters. It's life-changing stuff -- especially for your family.

There's nothing glamorous about parenting. There's often very few thank yous and very little tangible reward. But what you do matters. To your son or daughter, your time spent playing Pretty, Pretty Princess, tying shoes or even saying "no" matters.

It's easy to get caught up in the trap of comparing ourselves to the unattainable standard of SuperMom. We compare ourselves to others without ever knowing what's going on behind the doors of their homes. We try to reach this goal that the world has set of being the "perfect" mom, and when we fall short, we wonder if we make a difference.

Today, I want to encourage you to know that it all matters. Every little task you do for your kids or for someone else, every dirty diaper you change, every game you play, every minute you spend with the little people in your life, it all matters:

It Mattered

If you kissed a skinned knee today, it mattered.

If you hugged a child today, it mattered.

If you picked up toys off the living room floor today, it mattered.

If you smiled at the cashier at the store today, it mattered.

If you got everyone up, dressed and fed today, it mattered.

If you kissed your husband before he left for work today, it mattered.

If you squeezed in carpools, sports practices and homework around your job today, it mattered.

If you cheered at a child's soccer game today, it mattered.

If you corrected behavior and offered discipline today, it mattered.

If you did the laundry today, it mattered.

If you played a game with your child today, it mattered.

If you made an extra trip to school today to deliver forgotten homework, it mattered.

If you laughed today, it mattered.

If you stopped and watched the sunset with your child today, it mattered.

If you turned a moment of frustration into a teachable moment today, it mattered.

If you washed the dishes and cleaned the house today, it mattered.

If you held the door for another mom today, it mattered.

If you thanked your child's teacher today, it mattered.

If you told your kids, "I love you!" today, it mattered.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24