This article, “A Screwtape Letter For The Unappreciated Mom,” is one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. It almost seems like Jack wrote it, because it’s so well in keeping with the style of the book.
Some of the better, more convicting (right now) passages for me include:
“A tired Mom makes for a more emotional Mom, and an emotional Mom is a vulnerable one.” Today has been a difficult day. Just one of those challenging ones when my faults seem to stand out and anxious thoughts and self-doubts snowball.
“We must convince her that her husband is no longer the friend and ally she first married. Instead, we must reveal every sin and selfish habit, especially drawing attention to his thoughtless actions (mal-intended or not) against her.” And, unfortunately, I took it out of him today. 😦
“Secondly, do what you can to keep her focused on her troubles and pains.” I am ashamed to think about some of the self-centered comments I’ve made to Cohiba that sound once he plays them back to me!
“Along those lines, be sure the Mother starts to value productivity above everything else.” My house… Looks like the house with a baby in it.
Today was just a hard day.
Tomorrow will be better.