Remembering is very important to mothers. For the longest time I struggled with how to please my mom. It’s not like she ever told me that I wasn’t, it’s just a feeling that I had. You know, other things seemed more important, and honoring and pleasing your parents, and specifically, a mother, just wasn’t on my radar. Years later, it struck me in a blaze of light. More then pleasing, Moms want to be remembered. Remember her birthday. Remember her favorite flower. Remember her favorite candy. Remember her favorite color. Remember to wipe your feet at the door. Remember to call when you will be late for dinner. Remember the little touches of etiquette she taught you along with all those life lessons she carved into your brain.
Someone has said, “My mother taught me RELIGION. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.” My mother taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so, that’s why.” My mother taught me IRONY. “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.” And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!” Thankfully, that was NOT my mother. She had a much softer and gentler touch. The point is, remember all those important lessons she taught you. And most of all, remember if it weren’t for her, you wouldn’t be here. It’s an eerie experience sometimes to even reach down and touch your belly button and feel the place where her life flowed into you during those nine months in the womb.
We celebrate Mother’s Day in remembrance of mothers. If she’s still with you here on earth, remember some of the great times you’ve had and all she’s done for you. If she’s passed on, remember to thank God for all she meant to you while she was here with you on earth. And, if we have done nothing else, we will have fulfilled the purpose of Mother’s Day and remember the wonderful nurturing presence of your Mom.
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Quote of the Week
“To be a mother is by no means second class. Men may have the authority in the home, but the women have the influence. The mother, more than the father, is the one who molds and shapes those little lives from day one.” John MacArthur
John Fullerton MacArthur Jr. is an American pastor and author known for his internationally syndicated Christian teaching radio program Grace to You. He has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, since February 9, 1969. He is also the current president of The Master's University in Santa Clarita, California, and The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles California.