Emily Jensen over at the For the Church blog writes about the goodness and freedom of loving Jesus more than her children:
The most wonderful thing about heaven will be seeing, knowing, and treasuring Jesus face-to-face; worshipping him and glorifying God forever. Jesus is the ultimate treasure. He is also the ultimate rescuer, and the person who mommy loves more than anything else...To my child, it might even seem offensive to hear I love someone else more, but ultimately, it’s the greatest gift I can give.
If my son could understand, I would tell him this is such a good gift because...
When mommy loves Jesus more than her own peace and quiet, she can graciously endure the loud whines of tired children, putting their need for firm, compassionate training above her desires for them to leave her alone.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her dreams and achievements, she can invest deeply in the discipleship of her children, trusting God with the limitations he brings in each season.
When mommy loves Jesus more than approval, she can seek long-term good for the souls of her children instead of gaining the short-term relief that comes from satisfying their cravings.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her own domestic kingdom, she can discipline with calm justice, knowing that her and her children’s offenses are equally egregious and equally atoned for.
When mommy loves Jesus more than the title of “mom”, she can entrust the souls of her children to their faithful creator while continuing to serve mightily for their good.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her children’s good behavior, she can patiently exposit the loveliness of the gospel over many months and years, instead of finding temporal satisfaction in immediate external changes.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her personal rights, she can sweep crumbs off the floor for the 1000th time without grumbling or complaining, because she remembers her Savior who humbled himself to the lowest position.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her comfort, she can get out of bed repeatedly; sacrificing years of sleep to nurture, support, pray for, and minister to her children.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her entertainment, she can use her precious personal moments to invest in the eternal knowledge of God’s word instead of automatically binge-watching her favorite show.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her social media following, she can appropriately protect and celebrate the lives of her husband and children instead of exploiting them for her personal gain.
When mommy loves Jesus more than her ability to control her circumstances, she can trust God, not fearing anything that is frightening in this world, because she knows the God who overcame the grave.
Read the rest here.