“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Where your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” – Matthew 6:19-21 NLT
(I know a mom’s job is 24/7 (in and outside the home) but for this article – when I say working mom, it is specifically talking about the mom working outside the home)
As mom’s, God gave us a very special role in our child’s life. We are their first teacher, we are their comforter, we are the nurturer, we are the disciplinarian, we are their protector, among so many more hats that we wear as mothers. As the working mom, we are away for so much time during the day, we have to delegate some of these hats to others. With that being done, sometimes there is guilt, a sense of failure or a depression that can consume us while we are learning to juggle work and motherhood. God gave us these responsibilities and even though we still have those roles in our child’s life, as long as we are delegating these roles to others that complete the task at hand, I believe that God is pleased.
For example, let’s look at Moses in Exodus chapter 18, when he was overwhelmed with running Israel. The weight of running the country was just too much to bear so he delegated some of the work to others that were well trained and knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. Moses ensured that they were taught God’s word and his commands and that if they came to an issue that was too much for them to handle then they would bring it to Moses to seek God’s counsel. This is a lot like parenting for the working mom. We delegate the work while we are away and if something comes up then we are only a phone call away to be where we are needed. As a working mom, we take responsibility to ensure the work is being done to care of our child the best way as possible while we are at work.
God does not want us to try to take on too much or control things that are beyond our control. We have to rely on God and others to help us succeed in life. God did not intend for man to be alone and in the same way we are not to succeed and/or fail alone. We are all in this world together and should help each other along the way.
While the working mom is away, it is important for us to be making a difference and to have a sense of fulfillment in this world. If we do not have a sense of purpose, it is easy to fall into the depression or the feeling of guilt settles in. No matter what your job is, it is important to focus on your daily interactions, your relationships and make those the difference maker. You can change the world one conversation at a time. You can bring a smile to someone’s face and be a light in this dark world that can be a deal breaker.
So no matter where you are or what you are doing, be ALL there. Be in that moment, give your undivided attention and do your work as if you are doing it for God and for him to be proud of you. No matter if you are serving French fries, changing a diaper, giving a presentation to the CEO, give it 100% and be all there as if God is sitting in the room with you and He is cheering you on. You will find that the person you gave the French fries to, the baby that you are giving a clean diaper or the CEO that is listening intently will appreciate you and will look at you like a light shining brightly. They will look at you and wonder how you do your job so well and they will want a little piece of what you have. If they ask how you do it, God will be giving you the opportunity to share His love with others so be prepared.
So I will leave you with this verse that Paul writes to the church in Philippi:
Dear Friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy. – Philippians 2:12-18 NLT