“Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one.” – Sunny Gupta
Every minute of lost sleep, every mess made with sticky fingerprints, every fever, every cry is another moment we get to live out in the great purpose of being a mother. Mothers across the world sacrifice many things for their children, but when put into perspective, wouldn’t you sacrifice if it gave your life meaning? A mother’s dream is that her children not only call her blessed, but that they lead healthy, loving and happy lives once departed from her hand.
Though there will be obstacles to climb, barriers to break down and tears to cry, the hardships endured for our children is what drives us to keep going. There is meaning in every minute spent with our children. They are the essence of wonder in our lives and take us to new heights in our journey. M. Russell Ballard shares, “The joy in motherhood comes in moments. There will be hard times and frustrating times, but amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction.” We were chosen to be their mother, so we should strive to embrace every moment shared with them.
Picture the moment your child wrapped their tiny little hands around yours for the first time – what went through your mind? This tiny baby probably stole your heart and made you want to keep moving and persevering. The Psalmist says, “The fruit of the womb is a reward,” meaning we have been given a chance to be recognized for a job that will take a lifetime to understand. The reward will carry on year after year. Everything you love and fear all rolled into one small diaper will be what catapults you into a journey ever unfolding. A crescendo of piercing cries will be the backdrop of the beginning to your epic tale of sacrifice and adventure.
In the end, you will be able to look back and see yourself in fragmented pieces, not only in their face, but in their heart. Parts of you captured in their smile, their laugh, even in the way they argue or walk. Though a mother’s job is never done, it is the occupation we would never change, no matter what the cost. Being a mother is a life filled with purpose, of love given and love received. Happy Mother’s Day to all our WestCoast mothers!
Sabrina Short, Staff Writer