Do Everything for the Glory of God


Christina Baker // Scripture: A Mother's Lens

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February 11  

When I left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom, I was conflicted. I knew a lot of moms balancing home and work with joy and grace. But my discernment for me and my family was clear. However, even in light of my decision, I had to admit that I wrestled with the notion from the society around me that “real” work included only paid professional work. Why did I feel like a failure? Was my decision a demotion?

That was fifteen years ago, and our culture still doesn’t always acknowledge the goodness of a life of service—especially “small” service that is largely unseen and doesn’t come with gala fundraisers and 501(c)(3)s. Yet in today’s second reading, St. Paul tells the Corinthians, Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. If eating and drinking can be for the glory of God, how much more so is feeding and giving drink? God sees all our motherly work—every banana chopped and apple sliced, every Instant Pot filled, every spill wiped up—and because of the great love and sacrifice and selflessness it takes to give years of your life to caring for these tiny human beings, it brings God glory.

St. Paul goes on: I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. What else do we spend our days doing? Paul, of course, was speaking of confusion within the Church; our scope is much smaller. So, whether a stay at home mom or working outside the home mom, every deep breath taken in aid of patience, every apology for losing our tempers, every search under the bed for the only acceptable stuffed animal—all the things we do to teach our children how to follow Christ: these are for the glory of God.

Rejoice, mothers! As we turn towards Lent, all our sacrifices, all our little joys, ALL we do, when we do it with love and prayer, glorifies God in Jesus Christ.

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  • I am a mother of four and a grandmother of ten. I came to your site by way of Magnificat’s article by Kathryn Rombs.called “The Power of Praise”. I very much enjoyed Christina Baker’s commentary. As someone who left a nursing career to be a “stay at home mom” many years ago, I could not agree more with her commentary. The challenges of Christian motherhood are daunting, but the formation of loving, charitable and mindful individuals, in today’s society, brings peace, gratitude and praise for my Lord and my God.

    • It is SO wonderful to have you, Bernadette! One of my favorite things about this ministry is that it speaks to all women in all the stages of motherhood! The Lord never stops speaking to us and deepening our faith through this beautiful vocation.

  • Christina Baker, I loved what you wrote. Also being an educator, I stayed home for 10 years to raise my children until they were older. Then I went back to work. Being a mother is hard work even though we don’t get paid for it. I felt that was the right decision for me.

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