Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”
Heaven knows I’ve heard today’s gospel reading a time or two. My usual takeaway is that I need to do a better job of sharing my talents with others. When I was in high school, this gospel told me to try and get over my stage fright. (Still working on that).
Now, however, one line struck a chord.
“But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?”
I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself lately. I want to be the best mom, the best wife, the best writer, the best everything. (I’m kind of a perfectionist that way.)
In taking so much on, I haven’t been doing a very good job of taking care of myself.
And when I get burnt out, I am of no use to anyone.
I suspect it’s the same for all of us. As mothers, we give until we cannot give anymore. We do whatever we can for our families, and we don’t complain. (Okay, maybe a little…) We are the lynchpins of the domestic church, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously.
So it’s easy to start letting ourselves come last.
Now, I’m not advocating we ignore our responsibilities. Children must be fed, dishes must be washed, permission slips must be signed. (The list goes on…)
But among those responsibilities, we must remember our responsibility to ourselves.
We are children of God. We deserve to be taken care of. In fact, to take care of ourselves is to acknowledge the inherent human dignity that has been bestowed upon us by our Creator. We are a gift to our families, and our families need that gift to be taken care of.
You are salt and light, mamas. Take care of yourselves.
Action step: take out your planner and write down one thing you will do for yourself this week. Schedule this one thing if you must.
P.S. Today’s image is my coloring in of a page in one of my favorite Paige Tate Coloring books. It is available here.