As someone who has lived with some degree of pain for the last six years, and now has significantly less pain, I am very easily rejoicing in the small things that I’m able to do. (new people can read more about that here)
Because very simple things were very hard for me, I am really appreciating being able to do those things again. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t get frustrated. It doesn’t mean that I don’t try to slip back into the old behave of judging my self-worth by what I can accomplish.
Now that I am feeling better, I am wanting to do all the things that I used to do. Right. Now.
But I’m not nearly as strong as I used to be. I also don’t have the stamina that I used to. Oh, and there is one other thing...
I have a seven-week-old baby!
Why do I think I can do everything all of a sudden?
Because I am feeling better I feel like I have no excuse to not be more productive, but I have some pretty good excuses. Just because I am physically able to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s what I should be doing. So why don’t I give myself a little bit of grace and focus on the really important things. The “small” things
Like nourishing my baby with the best food possible and taking the time to make eye contact with him while he’s nursing. Its a little thing, but it can make a lifelong impact on his health.
Like spending time teaching each child their school, and then also finding a way to connect with each one outside of their schoolwork.
Like showing my kids how to work hard when I can, but also how to play and enjoy life and connect with people.
Just reading my Bible in front of them teaches them something, even if I’m not reading it aloud.
Sympathizing with one of them when they fall and scratch a knee teaches them to be compassionate.
Being kind and understanding with them when one of them accidentally spills a glass of milk teaches them not to beat themselves up over little mistakes.
Mamas, there are so many little things we can do that can make a big difference in the lives of our children! Some of these tasks may seem so small and insignificant, but you are building a better world inside your children. And they will impact the world in a better way.
So keep mommy-ing on! Keep doing the “little” things, because they make a big difference!