Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Rewarding Job

“What is the most rewarding job you have ever had?” the interviewer asked.

The answer popped into my head immediately: “In all honesty, my most rewarding job has been being a mother.”

I consider it a blessing and a privilege to have been able to stay at home with my children. No, my husband’s job didn’t pay a huge salary; we were just very frugal.

And it has definitely been worth the penny-pinching. Just consider some of the many, many rewards I received as a mother:

  • I felt the squeeze of little arms around my neck, the gentle touch of tender lips on my cheek, and the rhythmic breathing of a child asleep in my arms 
  • I watched young minds grow in knowledge and wisdom.
  • I listened as little voices sang songs I sang, repeated words I spoke and imitated actions I took—flattery in its highest form.
  • I experienced the comfort of a child’s pat on the back and reassuring words that “It’ll be okay, Mommy,” when a bat flew through the house and I took the kids and hide in the bedroom.
  • I witnessed self-absorbed teens blossom into responsible, self-sacrificing adults.
  • I heard, “I love you,” each night before bed for over 20 years. To this day I hear it at the end of every phone conversation or text.
No wonder I answered the interview question the way I did! Motherhood not only matters; it carries its own rewards.

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3

What is the greatest reward you have experienced as a parent? I would love to hear about it in the comments section.

Stay tuned for part two, “The Rewards of Foster Parenting”, coming soon.
©2012 Pamela D. Williams


  1. Thank you for this inspiring post! I love it.

    1. Thank you, Jedidja! Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I so agree with you. Parenting has no equal to any accomplishment that I have made. I had the opportunity to thank my father before he passed for being a good father and teaching me the value of being a good father. I continue to let my mother how important she has been to me and she's my biggest fan.

    I have likewise been rewarded by having my children tell me the same. Nothing in my life has made me feel as proud and honored as that.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Arlee. And thank you for the nudge to remind my own mom how much she means to me. :)

  3. What a great answer Pam. I don't have any children but I am in awe of those who do it well.

  4. The greatest reward is having discussions on faith with my daughter. Knowing that she has chosen Christ just brings tears of joy to my eyes. Teaching her about God and reading the Bible to her and with her these 13 years was a gift that I could give to her and in return, the ultimate gift back to me, knowing she is safe and secure in the Lord's arms.

  5. I, too, think being a mom is the best, though the most challenging. I'm, too, grateful I could be home to raise our 3 kids. I would not trade those early years for anything. And Dawn...I agree, the most rewarding part is sharing your faith w/ your kids and having then choose it for themselves. Nothing else is life matters.

  6. The best reward is after my cancer being allowed to stay and be their mom. Thank You God!!!
    Blessings, Joanne

  7. I am not yet a "true" mom as I don't have kids yet. But this post is very inspiring. I love my mom so much and I would like to be a mother, too, someday.