The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love

May 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Family

By Jarrod Spencer –

Most of you will remember the slogan the Peace Corp used many years ago, “One of the toughest jobs you’ll ever love.” When I was young, I thought that the Peace Corp would be something enjoyable to do. Maybe it was a desire to help people, which has been my focus much of my professional life. So, maybe I wasn’t too far off.

However, I believe there is another job that could be one of the toughest jobs that you’ll ever love—the job of being a mother. No matter how many children she has, her love continues to multiply. Her willingness to go the extra step never runs out. Her desire to nurture never loses its passion. Her tears never dry up.

I watch mothers more now that I am married and have my own children. I observe one of the best mothers each and every day. As I grew up, I was immature and oblivious to the real sacrifice that comes with being a parent. Now that I am a parent, and my wife is a mother, I understand much of what goes on in being a mother, based on observing my wife.

Girls start out caring and nurturing. As they grow, they enjoy playing house and being “Mommy.” Girls already understand that some of the roles a mother takes on include caring for the house, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children.

When the woman becomes a mom, she becomes even more sacrificial. It is a 24/7—365 sacrifice. She will do anything for her husband, but if her husband does not love her back, that may fade away. However, for her children, that love (usually) never fades. She will get up in the middle of the night to make sure her child is fed or changed, stay up until they fall back asleep, then get up when needed, despite the lack of sleep she’s had.

There is no retirement from being a mother. It doesn’t matter if you go to bed at night or your children move away from home, nothing says retirement to a mother.

AUTHOR QUOTE: Thanks Moms for all you do. Without you, we’d be in trouble. Thanks for taking on the toughest job you’ll ever love. Happy Mother’s Day!

PRAYER: Father, thank You for mothers! Thank You for my mother and thank You for my wife who is blessed to be a mother. May You replenish all mothers as they sacrifice for their children.

About Jarrod Spencer

Today’s devotional is by Jarrod Spencer. He is a seeker of God’s surprises in everyday life. He has a passion for encouraging people through the written word. You can read more of his writings at and visit his church’s website at

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