After Sunday’s lesson about motherhood, it’s important to remember that those principles of motherhood that we celebrate on Mother’s Day are true and necessary all year long. Our mothers should be appreciated and honored, as the Bible commands us, throughout our lives. Personally, I am not a mother but I have been privileged enough to be raised by a woman that has taught me more about that divinely appointed vocation by her actions than by anyone’s words.
Pastor White taught us on Sunday that a mother’s love is special because she has been tasked as the nurturer, protector, and teacher of the most important thing that God has created: souls. If I ever doubted that a mother’s love was not a force of nature, designed and granted by God, I would have to look no further than my own mother. What the world sees is a woman that has raised eight children. What I see is someone that has been used, and is actively being used by God because of her obedience. I see someone that has shown a love as close to unconditional that I think any human could ever achieve because it is a reflection of God’s love. I see someone that has embodied the Godly traits I hope to achieve in my own walk: selflessness, modesty, humility, a love for everyone, and a genuine desire to please God.
On Sunday, Proverbs 22:6 was mentioned more than once. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This verse always makes me think of my mother, because before I had my own relationship with God, my mother was the person that I was constantly seeing God through, every day of my life. Before I received salvation, my first priority wasn’t God, but I can tell you that from a young age, all I wanted out of life was to be like my mother. To look like her, to act more like her, and to be with her has been a goal for me for as long I can remember. She radiates love, warmth, fun, and kindness and I wanted the people in my life to see in me even a fraction of what my mom has always given to me. I have never met anyone else quite like her, and as I’ve grown and developed my own walk with God, my desire is still to be like her. Because to me, being like her ultimately means I can be more like Christ, which is what I fervently want most for my life. She has shown me the love of God over and over again. She has shown that love in her love for her family (that I am so very blessed to be a part of), in her love for her church, and her genuine love for the lost. Pastor White says that Christianity is about love, love is about service, and service is about sacrifice. My mother is the first person I think of when I think of any of these traits, which is why I appreciate the opportunity that Mother’s Day offers to honor the woman that has taught me so much of what I know about Godliness by the way she lives her life, every day.
Thinking on Pastor White challenged us on Sunday, we are each responsible for being reflections of Christ in every facet of our lives. It is important that we aren't showing the rest of the world one thing and only giving small portions of our best to our families. We are accountable for being as consistent in our walk behind closed doors as we are when the world is watching. The people closest to us know if we are being genuine, they know when we don't mean what we say, and they know when we choose to love and sacrifice even when it's hard. Even though I don't have children at this point in my life, I was encouraged to take a closer look at how I impact the people I love. Am I setting a godly example? Am I consistently showing the love of Christ at home as well as when I am in public? Am I truly the reflection of Jesus that He intends for me to be?
So, for those of you that had a mother that impacted your walk with God the way mine did, I hope this encourages you to maintain an attitude of honor and gratitude that lasts throughout every day, not just Mother’s Day because every day with her is precious. And for those of you that weren’t fortunate enough to have a Susie Wood raising you, I hope that you’ll take this time after Mother’s Day to consider being someone else’s Susie Wood. We don’t get to choose who raises us and my heart breaks for those that are raised without a good mother, so I hope that we all choose to be more like Christ. For those of you that are mothers, my prayers are with you because it is a job that you’ve been given by God with enormous responsibility. I pray that the ministry of motherhood you’ve been given is fruitful and you can bless your children the way God intended when he created the role motherhood, because if your children are like me and my siblings, we won’t make it easy on you.