Chaos? Oh, I've got your chaos alright! (I dare you to try to make it through that 4 minute video without shaking your head and mumbling something about your nerves.)
Maybe I should title this "3 Moms Keep Their Patience" because this here mom has the kind of patience that comes and goes. Waxes and wanes. It's not so much that I keep my patience as it is that I entertain it. It stays for a while and then excuses itself until I see it again some time later.
I strive to be patient because I know that "Love is patient." I love my children dearly, but I confess that I am not always patient with them the way I intend to be.
And I really do intend it. I wake up each morning and set my sites on patience. I tell myself that there will be moments of chaos, and I will be patient through those. The trouble is that I don't always do what I set out to do.
"For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it." Romans 7: 19-20
When this happens, I must take a deep breath and repent. I ask God to forgive me and give me strength and endurance to manage a large household with love and patience. Then I apologize to my children and I try again.
I am only able to really be patient when I remember my one long term goal: To glorify God.
If my goal is to glorify God, then being late for church is not worth getting upset about. Kids losing shoes, spilling milk, forgetting they are potty trained, squabbling, whining, or all manner of annoying behavior can not get in the way of my number one goal of glorifying God.
I can use each of those scenarios as an opportunity to show loving kindness and patience to my children, and in the process bring glory to God.
These things are so easy to write, but oh so difficult to master, mostly because Satan is a jerk and wants me to get caught up in the chaos and forget about my goal.
If I keep my eyes on eternity, I remember that my goal, to glorify God, is more important than an entire gallon of spilled milk.
Now, run over to the rest of The 4 Moms with me and let's find out how they keep their patience in the midst of chaos: