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ARE MOTHERS TAKEN FOR GRANTED?

“Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” – Andy Stanley.

If we are collectively guilty of one thing concerning mothers, we take them for granted. We seem blind or at least short-sighted to the load moms carry. Consider Mother’s Day: we honor our mothers and tell them to forget the housework and all the other stuff they do and enjoy their day. It’s their day. But then add, you can also catch up on everything tomorrow.

Think about her example, her support, her humor, her counsel, her humility, her hospitality, her insight, her patience, her sacrifices. Add to that her faith, hope, love, and her never-ending encouragement. Does our appreciation for all that get lost in the shuffle?

On Mother’s Day each year, we acknowledge mothers’ unique contributions to their children’s lives. We want to show our appreciation and gratitude more often than once a year. We recognize that too often, the contributions of mothers are undervalued, misunderstood, and overlooked because so much that moms do is unseen. Most people will never see a mom cleaning spit-up, cooking another meal, responding to another tantrum, picking up the legos before someone steps on them, listening to a teenager’s concerns, or stopping an argument among siblings all while trying to find time to work on that presentation for work.

Mothers sacrifice endlessly. They sacrifice their interests, strength, and time to cheer us on in the bleachers as their kids play soccer. How often do we acknowledge or appreciate it? Hopefully, more than once a year.

There are many different categories of moms: there is the stay-at-home mom, the working mom, the single mom, the adoptive mom, the foster mom, the stepmom, and countless other mother figures, such as big sisters, grandmothers, aunts, neighbors, teachers, and friends, who have stepped into this critical role.

So, as another Mother’s Day goes by, be sure to call or stop by to show the mom in your life some extra love and gratitude for standing by your side through all of life’s ups and downs.

 Discussion Questions:

  1. How often do you thank your mother? 
  2. What can we do this week to show our gratitude for all our mothers do? Fortunately, that didn’t stop her from always being there. She was  there at all your sporting events. She was there with some good advice when you started dating. She was there in the front row watching you getting married. She was there when her grandchildren were born. She sacrificed and struggled because of love; selfless, sacrificial love is worthy of recognition.

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