Being a Mother is not "Too Much"
After a year of navigating lockdowns and a constant barrage of dizzying messaging telling us what we can and can’t do, I’ve noticed a troubling theme when it comes to motherhood: “It’s too much.” Recent studies have confirmed this, with stress, depression, and anxiety among moms rising to concerning heights.
As a mom of two middle schoolers, I have easily let these emotions seep in as we’ve navigated distance learning, argued over places to get some personal space in our home, and wrestled with the need for social interactions with friends who may not share the same philosophies on gathering.
But as a Christian mom, I think there is something deeper going on in our souls than just the effects of a global pandemic.
The truth is, in 1973, before this generation of moms was even born, our society made a decision affecting hundreds of millions of parents and children. When abortion was legalized, we wrote it into law; women can choose if a child would be “too much.”
In our culture, we are told children should rank below attending college, below the ability to go out at your leisure. They are to rank below exercising at the gym, below any job you may have or financial stability you hope to achieve. Children rank below your desire to focus on your own “self-care.” In fact, there is a creeping normalization that it’s OK to regret having children.
If you grow up in this narrative, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood. We have collectively bought into the cultural lie that motherhood means the death of your previous self, that motherhood is a rock-bottom job to be feared and avoided.
But popular culture is wrong. Motherhood is a gift; it’s a calling. And while it’s not a role for the faint of heart, it’s a role created by God as an opportunity to shape the future.
As Psalm 127:4 says, “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” Children are arrows. And we’re the warriors who launch them. These arrows we carve, shape, and balance are going to reach far beyond the present. They’re what God is going to use tomorrow. As the nations rage, it's our children who will be on the offense. And we are the ones to direct these arrows for that role.
That’s a tall order and a seemingly impossible role that goes beyond the current cultural celebration of self. Christian moms are working in enemy territory while the world rages and crumbles and tells us that our future is more important than our children’s. But that’s why Galatians 2:20 says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Without a biblical perspective, the thought of laying down your own life, as Christians are called to do, is terrifying. It is that very fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die.
But for Christians, death to self is not the end of the story. We know what follows death. The Christian life is resurrection life, a life that conquers death.
Our culture says children are burdensome, that they are just too hard, too challenging, too much. But God says children are gifts. Yes, they can be difficult. Yes, they can absolutely push us to our limits. Motherhood is a selfless opportunity to impact generations to come. And it’s a gift we shouldn’t take lightly.
*Article originally featured in TownHall
Megan West is Media Director of My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan movement that motivates, equips, and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth. By partnering with national faith leaders, My Faith Votes provides resources to help Christians Pray, Think, and Act to create an America where God is honored in the public square.
My Faith Votes—is a nonpartisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth. By partnering with national faith leaders, My Faith Votes provides resources to help Christians Pray, Think, and Act to create an America where God is honored in the public square.