Children are an heritage of the Lord

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

(Psalm 127:3)

Heritage means an inheritance or a special possession. Children are a gift from God. We have a great responsibility to our children. They are not some afterthought or an inconvenience, but part of the purpose of life. They are a gift: something we should treasure.

As a mother to young children, sometimes I am distracted. I get selfish. But my children are something special. They are more important than a nice house or money or travel or personal ambitions. I try to remember that. I try to cherish them and push away the distractions.

There are some attitudes in society that are very selfish, more focused on individual wants or rights to the detriment of our children. We have to remember the importance of children and we should do everything we can to provide for them. Sometimes there are painful sacrifices, but the sacrifices are worth it when our children can have joy.

Motherhood

Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind. It places her who honors its hold calling and service next to the angels.

This quote is from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am still striving to understand what being a mother really is. In college, I had a post-it note that I kept with my things that said, “Being a mother is your career.” It was before I got married, before I had children. As I was distracted by career choices and opportunities, I wanted to remember that being a mother was the highest and holiest thing I could do. It was the thing I wanted most.

Even after I became a mother, there were still so many distractions. As I have studied and pondered, I know that being a mother is the most significant thing I can do in my life. It doesn’t lead to any acclaim. It is on most days very ordinary and even boring.

But mothers control the world, for they shape the lives of the people who live in it. It is much more important to raise my children the best that I can, to give them love and guidance and stability, than to be involved in some great project outside the home that will probably be forgotten. My children will never forget me and never forget my love. That is the most important thing I have to offer the world.