Today I feel like a bad mom. The dishes aren’t done. The laundry isn’t folded. Dinner came out of a box and was simply warmed up in the oven. My youngest didn’t get a bath. The dog ran out of food during the day. The cat is drinking out of the toilet bowl. My husband’s work pants are wrinkled. Homework isn’t finished. Lunches aren’t packed for tomorrow. Clothes aren’t chosen. Shoes aren’t laid out.
By all worldly standards I am a failure as a mom and wife.
However, we ate on clean dishes. The laundry is clean. We had food for dinner. My youngest doesn’t stink and will get a bath tomorrow. The dog has food in the pantry. The cat has clean water in the toilet bowl to drink. My husband has work to wear wrinkled pants to. Homework will still be there tomorrow. The kids can eat lunch at school. There are clothes to choose. There are multiple pairs of shoes to choose from.
What did happen is that my family sat down to dinner together. We talked about our day. We laughed. We argued. We may have even cried a little. I snuggled with the littles in my bed to read while the big and my husband chatted in the living room. We all said prayers together and gave hugs and kisses while tucking in the littles.
What matters is that my children are clean, fed, clothed and loved. And they know they are loved. They are safe and sleep in security and warmth. They know they can come hide in our bed when there is a storm. They know that we will kiss boo boos and love broken hearts. They know we love them when they bring home good behavior notes and also when they bring home the not so good.
What matters is that my children are learning about God. They know they are loved by their Creator. They are learning to love Him and follow His ways.
The dishes and laundry can wait. It can all wait. It’s not what matters.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV)