Friday, January 8, 2010
Today is "career day" at Kate's school. The kids are encouraged to dress to represent what career they will pursue when they get older. Kate wanted to dress like a mom. It was a cold morning, with a coating of new snow on the ground and she dressed her bitty baby in a snowsuit to keep her warm. I pray for my children that they would know the joy of being a parent and it is obvious to me that God has created my little girls to be mommies. Both girls have the natural gift to nurture.
I don't understand why our culture has decided that the natural inclination to nurture has become undesirable. In our quest to find equality, women have been denied the privilege of being who they were created to be. To watch a two-year old that already has the instinct to rock their baby is enough to prove to me that our ability to nurture is inborn.
I strongly feel that to be able to nurture is to die to self. Becoming a parent very vividly illustrates how incredibly self-consumed we really are. It is hard work to put another first and a baby demands that from us. Even though raising children is hard work, there is no greater privilege. I strongly feel that this is my purpose on this earth. I have been entrusted with three precious lives to mold, and as a result, to bring glory to God.