There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein. A broken world looks at a child and sees a burden, but the truth is that each and every life is a miracle. How wonderful is the job of a mother, who gets to nurture that life. When we have a child, we have the opportunity to speak into the life of another human being, words of wisdom, hope and possibilities. The responsibility of it can weigh heavy upon us, especially when feelings of failure or worry about a child’s character and choices have us second-guessing our ability to “do it right”. But it is here, at the hardest places, that I have found myself humbled and the most grateful. “Motherhood is a hallowed place because children aren’t commonplace, Co-laboring over the sculpting of souls is a sacred vocation, a humbling privilege. Never forget.” Ann VanKamp. My children have taught me to understand forgiveness, when I have given it, and needed it from them. My children have taught me to look upon them and others the way I want to be understood, as a whole person, slowly growing in wisdom in need of grace. My children have shown me the reality of unconditional love. They have taught me that trust is earned, sometimes lost and then regained. They have taught me the beauty and truth of what it is to be human, the hardest parts and the very best. Motherhood has not just involved the shaping of their souls, but the shaping of my own, and for this I am forever grateful.
By Christie Masters
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