Moms, Your Risk is Right

by Trillia Newbellrisk is right

Risk is a word that is rarely associated with motherhood. The definition of a radical, risky life might be someone who goes off to be a missionary or sells all they have and gives to the poor. Those things are radical and they sure are risky! But I’d like to add something to this radical, risky list: motherhood.

John Piper, writing in his new book Risk is Right, states that a life unwasted looks like a life that honors Christ, magnifies Christ, and makes much of Christ. He goes on to say:

“There are a thousand ways to magnify Christ in life and death. None should be scorned. All are important. But none makes the worth of Christ shine more brightly than sacrificial love for other people in the name of Jesus. If Christ is so valuable that the hope of his immediate and eternal fellowship after death frees us from the self-serving fear of dying and enables us to lay down our lives for the good of others, such love magnifies the glory of Christ like nothing else in the world,” (Kindle 111).

A contented mom who serves her children through menial tasks, shares her faith, lays down some desires, and presses into Christ to know him more sounds like a mom who is trying her best at sacrificial love. The mom, like mine, who works hard during the day  for her family so that her children will be able to eat and have a chance at a future, then comes home to continue lovingly serving her family through practical demonstrations as well as with knees down on the ground in prayer, sounds like a mom who is sacrificially loving other people.

The stories of moms and their sacrificial love would be too many to number and honestly, we will never know many of them. They will live and die never to be known be anyone but their few friends, their church, and their children. You may never be known or rewarded on this earth as a big risk taker—but you are. I’m going to go out on a limb and say, I think Pastor Piper would agree.

Pastor Piper defines risk as: “An action that exposes you to the possibility of loss or injury”  (128).

Moms, we know that there is a loss associated with motherhood.  We lose sleep. Our bodies are put through the wringer to give birth. We lose a sort of independence because we now have sweet little lives who are dependent on us. We lose babies through miscarriage or death—putting our hearts at risk. The single mom laboring day and night alone. I only have small children and I can sense the risk associated with mothering, I’m not even going to think about the teenage years. And the mom who takes that step of faith to adopt a child and become his mother, you are a risky woman.

And we know that “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it,” (Matthew 16:25).  Therein lies the crux of our loss. We lose not for our sake and really not even for the sake of our children, but for the sake of Christ. We live to Christ and we die to Christ. It is for his sake that we give our lives to the service of child-rearing.

Like Paul we say, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8).

Our loss isn’t a loss at all. It’s a gain! Our gain is Christ. Less of us, more of him. That is a wonderful exchange.

I want to make something clear. I’m not talking to just the stay-at-home mom. I’m talking to all moms. The mom who is making a valiant effort to show Christ to her children. The mom who puts food on the table and labors to love. The mom who wipes noses and kisses boo-boos. And yes, the mom who labors in secret, often in her home alone without fanfare. You don’t have to go to China to risk your life. Lay down your life and you will have risked it.


You can purchase Risk is Right or download if for free HERE

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2 Comments to “Moms, Your Risk is Right”

  1. deborah says:

    Thank you for this encouraging article. Risky but most rewarding thing I did with my life was to raise four children. My heart has been at risk many times when I had To let my children learn from their own mistakes and when God took one to heaven. Thankfully our father in heaven is faithful.

  2. A (Mom) List says:

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