"When you are upset because you can’t do something you've wanted to do, it might be because that thing has become an idol in your heart." I said these words one afternoon in response to one of my kids who was frustrated because I had taken away his highly valued time on the computer. We then talked about how idols are not always easy to recognize and that our emotional responses can sometimes be an indicator of what's going on in our heart.
Idols Specific to Motherhood
John Piper says that "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him." We were made to love and worship God. When he isn’t the longing of our heart and the source of our satisfaction, we seek to fill our bellies somewhere else. Instead of filling the God-shaped hole in our heart with enjoyment of him, we fill it with love for things, experiences, desires, and responses from others.
We often think of an idol as a manmade object that a person bows down and worships. An idol is really anything that we love more than God. It consumes our thinking and energies. It's something that is so central to our life that if we didn't have it, we would be devastated.
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]