Upon President Obama’s election last November, First Lady Michelle Obama declared to the nation that her primary role in the White House would be as “Mom-In-Chief”. Caring for her daughters was her focus as they transitioned between schools, moved into the White House and became the media sweethearts.
Recently she shared her advice on motherhood in an interview with Prevention magazine, which is scheduled to hit newsstands in November. The First Lady said, “[B]eing a good mother isn’t all about sacrificing. It’s really investing and putting yourself higher on your priority list.” She urged women to make their decisions based on how they would be affected. Do what makes you happy, she suggested. [Baltimore Sun, Michelle Obama aims to ‘make me happy,’ says it ripples and benefits kids, husband, her health]
This guideline on how to live our lives seems like a paradigm shift. Haven’t we been taught to put others first? Yes, because that’s precisely what Jesus did. Paul says in Ephesians 5:1-2, 21, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God,” and also charges us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Similarly, Paul also admonishes us in Romans 12:3 about thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought.
We have a Father whose parenting philosophy is diametrically opposed to that presented as Mrs. Obama’s. Our heavenly Father provided the ultimate sacrifice by allowing His Son to die on the cross for the sins of His children.
Which philosophy will you adopt?