Usually, I hear more complaining about children then I do about the blessing of them. And I get it! really.. I DO! I got it. I probably complain more than I talk about the great blessing they are. Because sometimes, its hard to see the blessing.
One thing I try to remember is that hard work is not the same thing as a burden. Working is actually a good thing. It existed before the fall of man and was considered good. So work is not our problem. Usually, burden comes from not doing what God told you. Burden comes from sin. Burden comes when we make something that’s difficult weigh us down because our eyes are far from our Lord. A burden is life draining, but that’s not what God calls children. Far from it. He calls them a blessing, and not just one or two of them, but all of them.
My children are CRAZY difficult some days. Especially those early years when I was a newer mother. But when God says they are a blessing, I have to realize that they are not JUST a blessing because I love them and care about them. That’s not the full reality of what a blessing is. They are not just a blessing because they are cute. My children are blessings because God gave them to me. They are blessings because they are a gift that God LOVES, entrusted to me by a Holy creator who deemed me to be their mother. God’s blessings on our lives are not just money, a nice house, and vacations. God’s blessings are sometimes difficult and reap many more rewards than our own personal selfish gain and enjoyment. He has a purpose for them and if we refuse them because of its difficulty then how much will he want to bless us in other areas of life.
I want people to recognize that my children are not a burden to me, even if I complain about the work. (That’s the flesh talking and it can be loud.)
Financially, mentally, or physically. My children are blessings.
Financially, they don’t just keep me from the “things” that I want, they add value to my life.
Mentally, they don’t cause me brain damage, they actually give me more insight and knowledge of our creator who gave them to me.
and Physically, they don’t just drain me. They are an extension of my own hands. and one day when I am no longer here, their kids may continue to be an extension of love to someone else.
There is a huge difference between burden and blessing. As Christians, we should stop looking at our children as burdens and realize that what God calls “Blessing” is an Incredible Gift that He chose to bestow upon us and our world.