For the past several Mother’s Days, I have pondered what it means to be present. How will I be present in life? Do I do things that seemingly gives the appearance of being present?
At what point do we, as Christians, cross the humility and bragging line with all our social media posts? At what point are we just lying to ourselves and to our friends and family about the true state of our own family? I don’t have the answer to that. I do offer a challenge for moms. Keep reading.
But I have been pondering what the moms of the Bible did. Specifically Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth secluded herself for 5 months. There are many theories as to why but I think it was to enjoy the time she so longed for. Was this for real? She was feeling morning sickness and major mood swings along with extreme joy. I wonder what moms craved during those days? After the 5 months, Mary had come to visit her because the angel told her Elizabeth was with child. And that child leaped inside her. How amazing! How precious. And she shared that moment with one other woman.
After Jesus was born the Holy Family were visited by shepherds. They probably told them how they knew the baby was born and where to find them. The news spread with those men and what did Mary do? She treasured these moments. What would that be like? To not have all the distractions of the modern world and just meditate, ponder, and treasured memories.
Are we truly present in the moment when we are behind the camera? Are we truly living the moment when we are just thinking about the amazing FB post that is taking place? What if we took a 1-week challenge. Putting down the camera, no posting on social media, just telling your husband, family, or close friends about the wonderful things happening with your kids. What if we truly lived the moment and treasured these moments in our heart. This may mean not posting your Birthday gifts from the kids on FB. This may mean not posting that generous action your child did for someone else or for you on Instagram. What would your reaction to not posting be? What could God show us in these moments about ourselves? Will you accept the challenge?
P.S. You can’t post that you are doing the challenge either. Yes, I know you too well. We are too much alike. 😂
We are all in this mom tribe together!