His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1: 3
When my middle daughter was a toddler, and we would give her two mini M&M’s for going potty, she would always find her big brother and give him one. Every. Single. Time.
If we asked her to share a toy with a friend, she would say “You can have it forever.”
Her heart burst open at the seams with the desire to give away what she was given. As a parent, you can’t teach – or even dream up – that kind of generosity.
But there’s something so beautiful about that fearlessness to give. Something in me longs for the freedom to hold my hand so open.
My feet hit the pavement this morning, a new day’s sun hit the corner of my eye, and the thought of what I’ve been given as a mother to my children – the weight of it hit me afresh. And I wonder, as I often do, if there will be enough of me to go around today. I think of the sweet pitter-patter of tiny feet that will soon greet me, the look of tiny eyes that will bid me to tell them who they are. And it’s easy to feel too limited, too weak, too broken for the job of being called their Mama.
How do I hold the job and not hold the burden? How do I convince them that their identity rests in bearing the image of God, when I have a hard time believing it for myself?
There are only 24 hours in a day, only two hands at the end of two arms, only so many words that can be exchanged. But there’s something that holds my hope, if only I can believe… Friend, there is a deeper truth than my brokenness, and yours.
Though we may feel inadequate, God says he has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1: 3).
Though we may feel weak, God says we have been brought to absolute fullness in Christ (Colossians 2: 10).
Though we may sometimes feel like the very least – possibly the worst mom ever – we truly have unsearchable riches in Christ (Ephesians 3: 8).
These days I’m trying to live a bit more like that daughter of mine, who gives with an innocent desperate love, and never worries that she will have enough. Though we may reach the end of ourselves, our Father God never will. We need never fear that the grace for another day, another moment, will run out.
You are free. Today, break off all the “not enough’s” — not enough time, not enough energy, not enough patience — and believe that you have a God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50: 10).
Go ahead, sweet friend, Mom your little heart out.
More on parenting generously in my latest posts: Why you don’t need to be afraid to give it all and How to experience the deep riches of generous parenting.