Sometimes motherhood seems mind-numbingly repetitive—clean up from lunch, make more food, clean up again. But the work we do is actually an assignment from God, giving meaning to the everyday realities of motherhood.
“My oldest daughter often declares ‘Eyes!’ to my grandsons.
She wants to ensure her directions, encouragements, and proclamations are clear and heard. After all, two three-year old twins and one four-year old have multiple distractions at any given point in the day; wrestling, jumping, cars, towers, forts, tools, and you-name-it are all viable contenders for their attention.
As moms—and grammies—we’re really not so different from our active preschoolers and bouncing toddlers.
There are multiple noteworthy attention competitors in our lives. Piles of laundry, social media, exercise, driving our kids to and from their activities, concern over the milestones our children “must” achieve or exceed, what our friends are doing or not doing, meal planning, and the rest of our mile-long list make for impressive, excuse-worthy reasons for distracted mothering, and, worse, distracted Christ-following.
Jesus, too, summons us with, ‘Eyes.’
The only way to persevere on the motherhood track is to ‘fix our eyes on Jesus.’ When we veer off-course, looking away from God for our satisfaction, relief, pleasure, or sustenance, we’ll miss his message for us.
Col. 3:1-2 says, ‘If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.’
When are eyes aren’t on him, the laundry pile will seem monstrous, the energy-sapping lack of sleep will feel unending and overwhelming, and the sheer strength required for parenting will seem out of reach.
When our mothering and grandmothering eyes roam from earthly thing to earthly thing, we miss the joy and the eternal hope God has called us to.
Eye contact with our Lord and Savior helps us rejoice in our salvation and the gift of salvation available for our children and grandchildren.
Moms, grammies, we help little ones all day long and all night short. We cannot help without our Helper.
He beckons us—eyes on your Helper.”