Many women feel pressure to justify why they haven’t gone back to work, conceding that they are “just a mother” and are left wondering if they are making a big enough contribution. Even as Christians we tend to look at real jobs as being only those performed outside the home.
Sue Bohlin, an associate speaker with Probe Ministries, once answered a question she received regarding her author bio, where she mentions that being a wife and mother is her most important role.
The curious reader wrote:
Does it not bother you that your various and vast achievements in both academic and spiritual realms are completely overshadowed by your domestication and motherhood…
…I have been blessed to be able to live a rich and varied life, but all of my “achievements” pale markedly compared to the sweetness of my most important relationships with my husband and sons. For example, my work as a speaker and writer and webservant for Probe Ministries, as wonderful as that is, can’t begin to hold a candle to the joy of loving and influencing the men God has given me to love and influence. I believe that God means for women to be most deeply fulfilled by our relationships, because He made us so relational. My “mark” on the world, I assure you, is far greater in my various relationships compared to the lectures I’ve given or the website I built. You might not ever be able to see the difference I make as Ray’s wife or Curt and Kevin’s mom, but believe me, as they all make their marks on the world, I can see it…
What do you think of Sue’s response? Do you agree or disagree?