“Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” – Proverbs 31:31
Suspend disbelief for a second and imagine 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 all around a spotless kitchen where three kids are dutifully doing their homework while an uplifting worship song coming from the house speakers syncs perfectly with a chirping bird sitting on the window sill. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Unfortunately, that is not reality. More likely, mom is coaching a six-year-old that is having a meltdown of epic proportions or having a stand-off with an 8-year-old that has will greater than hers. Or maybe she is nursing a child that had her finger slammed in the door, fixing a clogged toilet, cleaning up the Kool-Aid dripping off the counter, or conducting an investigation into what happened to all the Oreos in the pantry.
That is probably closer to a normal day. But no matter how tired, or prone to crankiness, you feel that day, you make the rounds that night to pray over them and tuck them in. The 3-year-old that was running around the house naked with his underwear over his head says, “You’re the best mom ever.” Somehow that makes everything better.
Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. Our relationship with “mom” is unlike any other – the unconditional love, support, and sacrifice of most mothers are unparalleled. There are many reasons why we pause to recognize and appreciate their impact on our lives on Mother’s Day. We should do it more often than once a year, however. 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. Did you ever watch a mother care for a sick child or spouse? She does it with grace and dignity. She selflessly puts her needs aside to tend to us.
John Quincy Adams declared, “All that I am my mother made me.” Abraham Lincoln was only nine years of age when his mother died. Later in life, the 16th president of the United States said, “All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my darling mother.” D.L. Moody similarly testified, “All that I have ever accomplished in life I owe to my mother.” That is the power of a mother’s influence.
It is important to tell our mothers we love and respect them every chance we get, not just on Mother’s Day. Let’s pay tribute to all mothers, young and old. Let’s honor them and be thankful for how much the world has been enriched through them. The Bible says, “Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters” (1Timothy 5:2)
- How often do you thank your mother?
- What can we do this week to show our gratitude for all our mothers do?