Christmas Presence

Christmas Presence

A friend of mine once told me of a beautiful image God gave her of a golf tee and how it illustrates the importance of supporting roles.

A golf tee has the least glamorous job out of all the elements required to effectively play golf. It’s the one that sticks into the dirt and muck. It supports the weight of the golf ball and receives a hard hit when the ball is finally launched forward. It’s job is to provide support to position the golf ball for the highest level of success.

But it’s completely unseen.

The role of the golf tee is so integral to success, but you never hear someone say, “Oh man, that golf tee was exceptional!”

No. They say things like, “Wow! That ball went far!” or “What an amazing golfer!” or even, “Man, what kind of club is that?!”

As mothers, we have the amazing job of positioning our kids to successfully launch into the plans that God has for them. Often what’s required of us are the tasks that are lowly and mostly unseen. We support the weight of our children’s development with loving discipline and encouraging words. We experience the joy of seeing our children grow into who God created them to be, but also the pangs of sadness in letting go.

Mama, if you’re feeling unseen and maybe even a little underappreciated today, I want you to know that the work you do matters greatly. Like the golf tee, you, and the work you do, is integral to positioning your children to go far.

This time of year can be overwhelmingly busy. Our “to do” lists seem to be never-ending. I would encourage you to remember that what our children need and desire most is our presence, not our presents. Take time this week to simply enjoy your children. Remember what we’re truly celebrating is the birth of a child sent to save the world. We remember the amazing love that God has for each and every one of us. So much so, that he would send his only son to restore relationship with us.

We remember Mary and her amazing faith in the promises God spoke to her. We remember the joy and pain she must have experienced knowing her precious son was destined to suffer and die to fulfill God’s ultimate promise. She was integral to God’s plan for Jesus.

Sweet Mama, the work you’re doing, no matter how lowly it may seem, is holy work. May you rest in that today and every day.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD and not for human masters….”

Colossians 3:23


For more beautiful images like the golf tee analogy, please  visit my sweet friend’s blog:

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