In the busyness of life, it just hit me on Wednesday that Mother's Day was actually THIS weekend! I noticed people shopping for moms, and saw facebook posts dedicated to moms that have left us, and I began to think.
I love that we take a day to celebrate our moms. I have now been one for almost 19 years, but I still don't think of myself when I think of Mother's Day. I think of my mom who lost her battle to cancer six years ago, and I think of my gram who was an amazing woman and lived to be almost 99 years old. They were great examples to me in so many ways, and I am so thankful for them.
But I also think of some of my friends who are really great moms. Women who love beyond any human level, who make sacrifices for their families every day, who don't spoil their children, but teach their children. Some of them work and some of them do not. I say this with great caution because I believe that the work of a mom is far more demanding than any paid position in any company.
Why do we only celebrate moms one day a year? I guess because that is the "national day". However, I want to encourage everyone to take time on a regular basis to thank your mom if you still have her with you; to honor her in some special way for no special reason. If you have a mom who has invested her time in you, taught you, loved you, been there for you, guided you, cried with you and laughed with you, hug her tight and let her know how special she is.
When a young about-to-be mom asks me questions about motherhood, the one thing I don't mince words about is this: "Enjoy your sleep and enjoy the ability to do what you want to now...when your sweet baby arrives you will discover a love so deep you never knew you were capable of, and life will no longer be about you. You take a back seat to building this new little life. It's the toughest job you'll ever have, but the most rewarding."
I recently read an article in which the author shared a concern about the value of being a mom. It was all very sad but true. Society does not value the family or the role of mom like they used to. This - I believe - is due to a lack of teaching in the home; a lack of parents really being... parents!I don't say this to be cruel, I say it to open our eyes to a problem.
Although life is stressful and people are working hard, the most important job we will EVER have is raising (well) our children. We are given the responsibility of bringing up the next generation. We are their number one teachers; not the local school system.
In the article, one paragraph read like this:
"No matter how blind a society becomes to the value of her role, mom still exerts a force that forms each life. Around her our particles are gathered together and cast into orbit. Through our formative years, our identity is shaped and molded by our interaction with her, and even when we set off to wander our own course, she remains the fixed star from which we navigate. And because God has so honored women with this power, He has also blessed them with great strength and abilities."
I thank God for the strength He has given me as a mom. I know it doesn't come from myself. And I do believe that if we help our children grow to have the heart of Christ - merciful, loving, caring, kind, honest, and selfless - we will be giving them one of the best foundations we can offer.
So if you are a mom, and life has taken your focus off your children, take a moment and re-focus. They need you more than you know. If you are the parent of a teen, don't fall into the trap of thinking that you cannot be a part of these years. They need you now more than they EVER needed you. If you have a troubled child, don't give up. Love them, pray for them, and know that there is support for you in your community. And if you're a dad.......... support your wife in every possible way.
On this Mother's Day, I will be celebrating my children - not myself. My children have helped to make me who I am. They are the light of my life. They are far from perfect, but they are wonderful, hard working, caring, funny, bright, talented, amazing blessings in my life.
Every child is all of the above and it is our job as moms to show them their strengths and build them up into the wonderful people God desires them to become.
So Mother's Day? I think more like... Mother's EVERY Day!
May each of the moms out there have a very special day with your families.
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