On this day that we honor mothers, it's good for us to think about how much you really do. Being a mother is not a walk in the park.
A junior high science teacher lectured on the properties of magnets for an entire class. The next day he gave his students a quiz. The first question read like this: "My name begins with an "M," has 6 letters, and I pick things up. What am I?" Half the kids in the class wrote, "Mother."
By the time a child reaches 18, a mother has had to handle some extra 18,000 hours of child-generated work. In fact, women who never have children enjoy the equivalent of an extra 3 months a year in leisure time!
I heard a preacher once say, and I believe it, that "An ounce of mother is worth a pound of preacher".
As I was thinking about Mother's Day and about my own mother, I realized that the greatest memories about mom are not about her beauty, or her ability to cook, or her social success or lack of it.
When it all comes down to it the memories that have had the most effect on my life are of her love for
God and her love for me and of the faith she demonstrated every day in how she lived her life.
I thank God for all the Godly moms (and dads and grandparents) that are raising their children in the knowledge of the Lord today. Should the Lord tarry, that is the only hope for the next generation.
Never underestimate the power of a mother's faith.
Sometimes moms don't know what they have.
In II Kings 4:1-7, we read of the widow who was left with a debt she couldn't pay. The creditor was coming to take her sons into slavery. She cried out to Elisha, the prophet of God, who asked her,
"What hast thou in the house?" She answers, "Not anything save a pot of oil."
The prophet told her, "Go borrow vessels, not a few, and begin to pour into them out of your pot."
The account tells us that as long as there were empty vessels the oil kept flowing. She sold the oil, paid the debt, and saved her sons from slavery. It wasn't because she had oil. It was because she had the faith and obedience to pour it out.
She demonstrated to her sons what faith and obedience to God's instruction, God's Word, could do.
Not only would she never forget that day, but her sons would always remember how their mother's faith and obedience to God's Word had saved them. She didn't really know what she was passing on.
In I Kings Chapter 17 you can read about another woman and mother who has been trying to survive a drought. She has come down to the place where she is about to run out of food. She is about to fix her and her son's last meal, but along comes a man sent from God. His name is Elijah.
He asks her to fix him a small cake first to eat. She does and the meal barrel and the oil doesn't run out, but feeds them, her and her house, through the drought.
Again, it was because she had faith to believe the prophet's Word, and a willingness to share what she did have with a stranger. Her faith saved her family. A mother who demonstrates her faith by her actions.
I want to encourage you moms. You are leaving something with your children and your grandchildren. I want to encourage you to demonstrate your faith:
* Teach your children to pray
* Take them to church
* Read them Bible stories
You are building something in them that can take them through the hard places in life.
I was talking to a man a while back who was older than me. We were talking about how we had to cut fire wood without a chainsaw, and how we had to carry water and such things.
He made a statement I will remember; "In our generation labor got easier, but life got harder."
He and I had a blessing in common. We both had parents that had taught us about Jesus and prayer, so we knew where to turn when life got hard.
Just about every Mother's Day I mention this Scripture I am about to share. But it is such a great Word for moms and dads about leaving a heritage of faith. It's in II Timothy 1:3-7.
Verse 5 says, When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
Timothy's grandmother and mother had demonstrated unfeigned faith.
That means sincere, real faith.
I want to encourage all you mothers and grandmothers today who are teaching your children about Jesus. You are introducing a source of strength and comfort into their lives that will be there in the hard places of life after we are gone.
Be encouraged today. Your work, prayers, efforts, and patience may seem to be unappreciated and unnoticed but you are doing something that will last.
We started out saying sometimes moms don't know what they have.
Maybe grandmothers think their part is small. Or Sunday School teachers think the little time they get to spend with a child is not enough to make a difference, but sometimes we don't see what we have.
Mom is no longer with me. My Sunday School teacher is no longer here.
* But the Comforter they told me of,
* The Friend they introduced me to,
* The Savior who became my Lord,
* The heritage of faith they left me is still here and has carried me and helped me through the hard places in life. And it has helped me make right choices when choices were difficult.
That's what moms can leave for their children and grandchildren.
Maybe you have been leaving an inheritance that is richer than you know. Never underestimate the power of a mom's prayer or the depth of a mother's faith.
The job of mother has somehow been given a back seat in our modern society. And if that doesn't change it will be the ruin of our generation. Motherhood should be exalted not belittled or pushed back. There is no greater career or more important task than shaping the lives of the generation to come.
To all moms, Thank you!
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