You know who I think some of the greatest warriors in life are? Mothers. Really, truly, they take the cake.
In fact, I think it’s innate for them to be warriors. Somehow, some way, the moment they begin to carry a child in their womb their hormones must flip some switch that turns them into a protective, self-sacrificing mama bear. I know this from personal experience not because I am a mother, but because I have a mother, and I have seen those characteristics in her.
I remember when I was growing up that I wanted to be different than my mom. Not because I didn’t love my mom or think she was great, but just because I wanted to be my own person, and I got tired of people accidentally mistaking my voice on the phone for hers (you know, back in the days when people still had land lines). Purple was and is my mother’s favorite color, so I decided that I really didn’t like purple. That’s actually the only way I remember my desire to be different manifesting itself, but for some reason I remember it very clearly.
Thankfully, I’ve long since outgrown that phase. I now love the color purple! Just kidding. I mean, I do. But I meant that I’ve outgrown the phase of wanting to be different from my mother. I still have my own personality, and I have different likes and dislikes from my mother, but I hope someday to be just like her—willing to make sacrifices in my own life and denying my wants in order to provide for my children’s needs and wants like she did for us. Because when you come down to it, some of the warrior-ness of a mother is her willingness to sacrifice her freedom, time, energy, and sometimes in a way, her life (dreams, plans, wants) in order to give her children the very best she can give.
So, shout out to all the mothers out there who sometimes feel like they’re drowning and sometimes wonder if all the sacrifice is worth it. Because you are true-life warriors.
Warrior On (as Glennon Doyle Melton says). Keep giving your time and your energy for your children because they are watching you and learning from you. And they will learn what I have learned from my own mother—what it looks like to put others before self, just like God calls all of his warrior children to do.
*Feature photo by Jessica Tapscott Photography*