By Caitlin Chodakowsky
"Motherhood is a great honour and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, mums continuously put others before themselves," Pastor Charles Stanley once said.
I agree with this statement, having witnessed my mum sacrifice so much in service to our family that even thinking about it makes my heart well with gratitude.
Whether it be arriving home tired from work and getting straight into making dinner, spending hours on end sewing my Year 12 ball dress, driving me to and from different places before I had my license or weekends spent helping plan, set-up and pack-up for events that I'd organised – my mum always displayed a heart of genuine and loving service.
A shout out goes to all the mums out there who don't receive the thanks they truly deserve, who serve their families tirelessly without expecting anything in return.
It is people like you who help to create a better world!
The Bible's book of Proverbs chapter 31 puts it perfectly...
"Who can find a good wife [or mother]? For she is worth far more than rubies that make one rich. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will never stop getting good things. She does him good and not bad all the days of her life. She works with willing hands ... She rises while it is still night and makes food for all those in her house... She makes herself ready with strength, and makes her arms strong... Her lamp does not go out at night... She opens her hand to the poor, and holds out her hands to those in need... She opens her mouth with wisdom. The teaching of kindness is on her tongue... She looks well to the ways of those in her house, and does not eat the bread of doing nothing... Her children rise up and honour her, her husband does also... Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised."•