The Perfect Mom

There’s Something About Mary – Part Six

Like most moms, I am proud of my kids. This was especially so when Simone, my firstborn, was little. My ever-so-sanguine Simone delighted everyone around her. She was an “easy baby” with a naturally cheerful disposition, and she grew to be an all-around sweet person.

Every once in a while, someone would say, “You’re such a great mom!”

I would smile and say, “Thank you.” But deep down, I couldn’t help but agree. Simone was a great kid, so I must be a great mom.

For eight years, Simone was an only child before her younger sister came along. So when my second daughter was born, I assumed I had this mommy gig all figured out.

Brynn, however, cried so much and slept so little that I kept wondering what was wrong with her! Then, just 17 months later, my third child came along.

Lord, have mercy. A precious boy blessed our home, and I don’t think I’ve sat still for one blessed moment since!

Needless to say, I no longer believe that I am God’s gift to motherhood.

I believe that motherhood is God’s gift to me.

A very humbling one indeed.

As moms, we try so hard to get everything right – right from the start. We nurse. We cloth-diaper. We bake cookies. We do everything we can to be the “perfect mom,” yet there is only one woman who can claim to have raised a perfect child.

Even as a small boy, Jesus must have stood out among his peers. Filled with wisdom and grace, He must have continually amazed everyone around Him, especially his mother.

“[Jesus] grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.” – Luke 2:40

I wonder what it was like for Mary to be the mom of a truly perfect child.

Except, her child wasn’t perfect because of anything she did.
He was perfect because of who He is.

Fully God.
Fully man.

Mary’s firstborn child was always respectful and always obedient. (I can sort of relate.) Of course, she understood his divine origin. (I cannot sort of relate.)

Even if Mary never took any credit for her incredibly well-behaved son, wouldn’t she have felt some sense of pride that her boy was never a magnet to mischief the way other boys were?

Eventually, Mary had at least four more boys and two more girls (Mark 6:3). I wonder if Mary ever felt discouraged that her superb parenting skills were not as effective with her younger children. After all, her eldest never gave her the kind of trouble the younger ones did. Let’s face it; Jesus was a tough act to follow. Impossible really.

There’s something about Mary.

She alone can claim to have raised the perfect child. Surely that created some interesting dynamics as she raised her other children as well.

I know that my own grand illusions of my parental prowess eventually paled. No matter how well-intended we begin the journey of motherhood, there is no such thing as a perfect mom. But like all good moms, we persevere. We press on.

Mary persevered.

Mothering is less about perfection and more about perseverance – never giving up on our kids the same way our heavenly Father never gives up on us.

How has parenting shaped the way you view your relationship
with your heavenly Father?

(This is a seven-part series.
I will post every Monday-Wednesday-Friday until its completion.)

2 thoughts on “The Perfect Mom

  1. I had a perfect first too! I thought I was doing a pretty fabulous job. Then number two cried for twelve months! Number three (quiet) and four (non-stop action) followed. Oh by the grace of God do I parent my gorgeous boys! Lovely to read you thoughts.

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