Thoughts and thanks to Moms
May 9, 2020, 1:20 PM

Thoughts and Thanks for Mom’s

Possibly the most underappreciated job on the face of the planet is that of the mother.  The never-ending cleaning, washing, cooking, nurturing, and correcting often goes without as much as a thank you.  Yet they continue to do it day in and day out.  What motivates those good mothers to care for their families so?  Is it the hope that someday they will be appreciated and respected?  No, although they deserve such.  Is it the hope that her children will take care of her later in life as well as she has taken care of them?  No, although the Bible does lay that responsibility on children to care for their aging parents.  Is it because the pressure of society to be a good mom compels her to live up to the expectations of her peers?  No, although too often society attempts to play the unnecessary and unbiblical role of judge and jury.  Then why do they do it?  Why deal with all the stresses that come with motherhood and receive little, if anything, in return?  There is one thing that I believe compels a mother.  And that thing is….

Love.  It is because a mother loves a child whom she has yet to see that she conducts herself responsibly during the months of pregnancy.  It is because of her love that she deals with the sleepless nights.  It is love that gets her through that next stinky diaper, especially the ones when you had the stomach bug.. (my apologies for the flashbacks I may have just caused some of you).  It is because of her love that she told you to stop running on the sidewalk but then graciously cleaned the scraped knees and wiped the tears after you fell.  It is her love that helped you with your homework, or the break up with your boyfriend, or the constant drama that seems to plague teenage girls...  It is her love that somehow gives her the supernatural power to enter the junior high sons room and begin the battle with his dirty socks, (again flashback apology).  And it is her love that compels the tears to fall at your graduation and when you walk down the aisle.  And what does she expect in return for all of this love?

Nothing.  That is the depth of the mothers’ love.  It is unconditional, unrelenting, unselfish, and totally sacrificial. 

A mother’s love is a great picture of an even greater love; the love of God the Father.  The Father has poured out his love upon us through the sacrificial death of his son Jesus (Rom 5:8).  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever should believe in him should not perish but should have everlasting life (John 3:16).  God loved, therefore he gave.  And so a mother loves, and therefore she gives to her family.  And thus she exemplifies the great love that God has for his children. 

And so this mother’s day I encourage you to take a moment and first and foremost thank God for His great love that He has given to us and for His design of the family that gives us a personal glimpse of what His love looks like.  And thank Him for your mother.  No, she wasn’t perfect.  She didn’t always do or say the right thing, but she loved you unconditionally, and for that we should be grateful.  And then take some time to tell your mom thanks.  Thanks for all the little things that you never appreciated or maybe never even noticed.  Thanks for the support and encouragement and advice and most of all for the unconditional, sacrificial love that she has so graciously given you through the years.  Tell her you love her and you are grateful for her.  After all, you really wouldn’t be here without her.. 😊

One last note, fathers don’t forget to tell your wife how grateful you are for how she cares for your family.  Us men tend to be some of the best critics and some of the worst encouragers (guilty as charged).  So take a moment this mother’s day and offer you wife some form of thanks and appreciation.  You know she deserves it and if your household is anything like mine, it is likely way overdue. 

To my own wife Toni, let me say how grateful I am that God has given me such a woman as you.  For how you always go above and beyond to care for our family.  How you always put us before yourself and continue to show us love and support even when we lack in reciprocating the same.  If we can learn to put others first half as much as you put us first, we will have accomplished much.  Thank you for all you do for our family.  We love you! 

 

Hope all of you have a wonderful mother’s day weekend!       

Prov 31:26-30 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.  27 She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.  28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:  29 “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

 

To God be the glory,

Pastor Brad