It is a gift to be a mother. That is something that my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taught me. The most noble thing a person can do with their life is to nurture a child.
I believe that God ranks motherhood pretty high. As in, it’s the greatest blessing a person can receive.
The joy of motherhood is the best-kept secret of our modern age. I feel like shouting it from the rooftops sometimes—Motherhood is worth it!!! Because, I bought into it too. I was a reluctant mother. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve always wanted kids. But, I wanted to fit motherhood in between several more prestigious achievements.
I liked Rachel Jankovic’s assessment that in our society, “Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get.”
When I had my son, I learned. To my great surprise, I saw that the desire I was trying to satisfy was much bigger than a career or degree, title or position. I think you can throw your whole life into those things and wonder why the gap is still there. Those things are wonderful, but they aren’t enough.
The twist was—My drive to achieve was satisfied in the sacrifices of motherhood. I knew I had made something angelic, done something that spilled beyond the bounds of my little life. Becoming a mother filled a yearning in my heart that I had mis-labeled. I felt complete.
Wow! I didn’t see that coming!
To the privately reluctant out there, this is my rooftop. Don’t buy in. Don’t lose your life trying to find it. Motherhood is