I often hear young moms groan about how tired they feel. At times, those feelings of tiredness are coupled with a great sense of guilt compounding the burden they already feel. Perhaps they imagined that life with kids would be less tiresome. Perhaps glamorous pictures on the blogosphere or Facebook with moms doing crafts with their kids, reading books, and making life fun and exciting for their kids has polluted their proper idea of ALL of what mothering really entails.
When I had my youngest child, my oldest was four years old. I was perpetually in a state of tiredness. I wrongly assumed that when the boys got a bit older, you know, old enough to put on their jackets, buckle their seat belts, tie their own shoes, find their own gloves, give themselves baths, etc…, that I would feel more energetic and strong, like in my early 20s. Well, what I didn’t take in consideration was that I, too, would get older and that though I would not be chasing after toddlers, I would have mental and physical fatigue due to, well, entering my mid-30s and life in general getting more complex.
So here’s what I’ve been learning: It is good to be tired. It is not only good but right to get tired doing and working in our homes, with our children, and fulfilling all the other responsibilities we have. There is something right about sore muscles, tired feet, and heavy eyes. Those babies don’t bathe themselves, those dishes don’t get put away by themselves, meals need to be planned, purchased and made, beds don’t get made on their own, dirty clothes don’t get washed without you, tables and bathroom don’t get clean by themselves, and those children are not trained by being left to themselves.
If you are “tired” at fulfilling your duties at home (Titus 2:3-4) – good! You are being obedient and you are worshiping the Lord, Jesus! Be glad; Rejoice in the work God has entrusted to you. Take a nap, when you can, and be ready to do it all over again.