“Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” – Proverbs 31:31
Imagine in your mind the following scenario. Moms across the country are sitting at the kitchen table, sipping an Iced Caramel Macchiato with Almond Milk and smiling as the sun glints across their immaculate countertops and an uplifting worship song emanates from the house speakers in unison with the chirping birds outside. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? The truth is, mornings for moms typically do not look or sound anything like this. More likely a toddler is yelling “Mommy! Mommy!” while impatiently rattling the bars of their crib. Or a teenager is asking what’s for breakfast. Before the mom is fully awake, she is stepping on legos, collecting laundry, and stacking dirty dishes.
Motherhood is one of the most challenging and often thankless jobs to ever exist. Yet, there’s something about that relationship with “mom” that is unlike any other – the unconditional love, support, and sacrifice of most mothers is unparalleled. For this reason, we celebrate moms on Mother’s Day. It’s a moment to recognize and appreciate their role in guiding and growing us in faith and thanking God for their impact on our lives. We should do it more often than once a year, however.
There are many different categories of moms: there is the stay at home mom, the working mom, the single mom, adoptive mom, foster mom, stepmom, and countless other mother-figures, such as big sisters, grandmothers, aunts, neighbors, teachers, and friends, who have stepped into this critical role. Can we ever thank mothers adequately for their timeless work and love?
A mother’s passion and commitment to her family is truly inspiring. A mother’s unconditional love is the foundation of the entire family. The strength of a mother’s love can move mountains. Our mothers teach us to be the bigger person, to have compassion for everyone, to rise above all, and to be our own source of strength. Did you ever watch a mother care for a sick child or spouse? She does it with grace and dignity. A mother engrossed in caregiving for an ill loved one is the definition of strength and courage by selflessly putting their needs aside to tend to us.
It is important to tell our mothers we love and respect them every chance we get, not just on Mother’s Day.
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.
- How often do you thank your mother?
- What can we do this week to show our gratitude for all our mothers do?