Humility and Motherhood

Humility and Motherhood


Motherhood is not for the weak. Motherhood is tough work that requires all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. This year I have been given a gift of seeing motherhood from a different angle as my wife and I had our first child in September. In the hardships of raising a child, I have seen a new side of motherhood: it not only requires lots of toughness but it also requires lots and lots of humility. Think about it. Do you know many people who would take time away from a successful career—one for which they have studied hard and paid lots of money to obtain—in order to wipe human poop with a thin baby wipe? Do you know anyone who would get all dressed up in their favorite outfit for a nice night out, all to have it washed with someone else’s puke minutes before departure? Being a mother requires lots and lots of humility. In his book Humilitas: A lost key to life, love and leadership, John Dickson defines humility as “the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself.” Perhaps no one in the history of the world has ever exemplified humility more than Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8) Humility is others-centered, not self-centered. Humility is driven by seeking the best for others. Humility is demonstrated by putting others’ needs before your own. Humility is stepping out of your highly fulfilling position to serve those who would be lost without you. Humility is what Christ did, and humility is who mothers are. -Pastor Daniel Chapin

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