Dear Working Mom,
I don’t necessarily know you, and I don’t know your exact situation. But if I could take a guess, I would say that to some extent, you are probably tired and torn.
I know that on the days I go to work, I spend most of my day trying to do everything I can to do my job well. Then I come home, and I want my most important job, that of being a wife to my husband and a mom to my kids, to be done well too. I switch gears, and I am no longer working professional, but I am Mom. I kiss little faces, make spaghetti, read Bible storybooks, brush teeth, and tuck little ones under the covers.
I work hard at my workplace, and I work hard at home, and then I fall into bed exhausted at night – sometimes feeling like the day was a success, and sometimes feeling like I did none of my jobs as well as I wanted to.
I suspect you know the feeling. You may wonder if you are doing this whole thing right, and there is that tension between working outside and inside the home. You might feel torn between the two – when you find yourself either wanting or having to work, but on the other hand, wondering if you should be home with your kids every day.
I can’t guarantee that you will have rest or peace immediately. But in the midst of the joys and the exhaustion of working and motherhood, it is comforting to me to know that there is one area where I will never have to work again.
I don’t know everything you have on your plate, but I know there is that possibility that you may carry the added burden of thinking you have to work your way to Heaven – that in addition to everything you do, you have to work to be good enough to please God.
But the blessed truth is that of all the work we have to do, this is the one area where the work is completely finished. Jesus finished the work of making us right with God by dying on the cross and rising again. When we believe in Jesus, He gives us His righteousness, and we have entered God’s blessed rest. The work is finished here.
When you trust in Him, He gives you a new job, but this one isn’t a burden. It fits perfectly with all your other jobs, and gives them a deeper purpose. It is the privileged job of being an ambassador of Jesus – of showing Him to your world of bosses and coworkers and customers and husband and the little soul(s) that call you their mom. And if you do that one job of representing Christ well, all the other jobs will be done well too.
You may work outside the home because you genuinely enjoy it, or you may work outside the home because of financial needs. But when you weigh the costs and seek the Lord’s will for your family and it is clear that you are supposed to go to work, I hope you rest assured that God has you where you are on purpose.
The reason He has you at your job is so that you can be His ambassador there, just as you are His ambassador to your children at home. He ties both of your jobs together beautifully under the purpose of serving Him and showing Him to those around you. You don’t have to feel torn when you remember Who you are ultimately working for.
So my prayer for you, my fellow working mom? Above all, I pray that you will know the rest that God has given us. I pray that you will put your trust in Jesus and let Him be your rest. I pray that in the midst of your job outside the home, and your job in the home, you remember that your first job is to know Jesus and shine His light to everyone around you.
You are in a unique position to do that where God has placed you. I pray that He will encourage your heart, give you peace about your circumstances, and give you renewed energy to be a joy to others for the sake of showing them Jesus. And I pray that you know that even when you think you should have done better, there is always His grace. I pray you can rest in that.
-Another Working Mom
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