Does the monotony of parenting ever get to you? It certainly does me! Or how about the menial tasks? For instance, multiple times a day I have to put all 10 pillows back onto our couch. Yes, I have 10 pillows on my couch. It was bought prior to having children. I love that couch, but there are days when the thought of a couch with attached cushions that don’t come off sound awfully appealing. The boys love taking them off and throwing them on the floor so they can jump off our coffee table onto them. I’ve tried telling them that the pillows on the couch are off-limits, but their apparent testosterone gets the best of them and alas, the pillows are on the floor once again. It literally drives me crazy.
Or continually feeling the crumbs under my bare-feet on our laminate flooring. No matter how much I seem to vacuum…crumbs remain. Ugh!
Parenthood is just plain exhausting. And there are times when I wonder, “Does anything I do matter?”
I heard this song by Steven Curtis Chapman several months ago and shared it on my Facebook page. But I heard it again today and was again touched especially by the first verse. The music video is just a little goofy (in my opinion) and kind of takes away from the meaning, but here it is:
(Go here if you can’t view the video)
Your picking up toys on the living room floor for the 15th time today
Matching up socks
Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away
You put a baby on your hip
Color on your lips and head out the door
While I may not know you,
I bet I know you
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?
Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long
As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
Cause he made you,
To do every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
Tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do
In a nutshell, this song exemplifies these verses:
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -Colossians 3:17
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31
Motherhood (or fatherhood or being a caretaker for children) is our ministry. It’s our calling. And it’s the MOST important job/ministry we will have on this earth.
So even though many of the tasks associated with parenting are monotonous and seem menial, if we do them all the glory of God (especially while little eyes are watching), God will bless our efforts!
May this song be as encouraging to you as it is to me!
Music video by Steven Curtis Chapman performing Do Everything (Official Music Video). (P) (C) 2011 Sparrow Records. All rights reserved.