I read this nice article a few days ago about a lady who wasn't feeling quite fulfilled in her job as a mother. A friend gave her a book about the great cathedrals of the world and she found parallels in cathedral building and raising children. She said she found these four great truths after which she could pattern her work:
1. No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.
2. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
3. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
4. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything