This time last year, in light of Mother's Day, I shared a phrase to our moms: "You're doing better than you think."
There was a moment as I shared those words, that I felt a profound heaviness among our congregation. I can't really describe it to be honest, but I felt the weight of the discouragement and defeat that mother's feel daily.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Paul declared to the Corinthian Christians, that they are made completely new. The gospel reminds us that our identity is not tied to our ability to perform, our failures, and/or our shame. Our identity rests solely in Christ. It's in Christ that we can find the approval we seek in Him alone. It reminds of this clip Pastor Steven Furtick shared from the movie Moneyball:
As we approach Mother's Day again this weekend, I wanted to remind and encourage our moms that in the midst of all your nightmares of your greatest failures crashing in on you, you don't even realize you are hitting home runs. You are doing better than you think. You are loved by God and your impact and influence is making greater strides than you realize.
Pastor Boyd Bettis