Motherhood is Not the Highest Calling

But that doesn’t mean it will always be this way.

Yes, I’ll always be a mother, but it won’t be the most prominent, daily call I must answer. Maybe it will be work … or maybe it will be volunteering … or mission work … or grandparenting … or whatever …

I’m afraid that if we become consumed with cultural ideas of what our calling is — or should be — we may miss part of our actual call. We may miss God’s whisper to look over in a new direction because we are so focused on the motherhood thing.

And there’s nothing I want more than the be in-tune with every aspect of what I’m supposed to do through Jesus Christ.

But maybe your calling doesn’t look like what our culture says it should.

Maybe you are supposed to work outside the home.

Maybe you are supposed to work inside the home.

Maybe you are supposed to not work at all.

Maybe you are supposed to care for others, but have someone else help care for your own family.

The list goes on…

Our God is big and creative, so we can rest assure[d] that if God has pressed something into our lives that isn’t motherhood, whether we are moms or not, He will make it work out for good. We can move forward in it, even if we are looking over our shoulder at our kids, or another fertility treatment, or maybe even feelings of not wanting kids at all.

So do I think motherhood is a high calling?

Absolutely. Because God called.

But no, motherhood is not the highest calling.

Because God makes every call.

Kristin Funston
Kristin Funston
Kristin Funston is the author of More for Mom: Living Your Whole & Holy Life and helps busy women engage with God and live with proper perspective and peace in the daily grind. She writes in a way that is relatable and practical, often with a healthy dose of humor. Kristin is a regular contributor to various blogs and has been featured in places like The Better Mom, TODAY Parenting, Scary Mommy, and City Moms Blog. Kristin resides outside of Memphis, TN with her husband and three daughters. You can connect with her at or on Facebook or Instagram.

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