Happy Mother’s Day

I heard about a Mother’s day card that was a great big card written in little first grade child’s printing. On the front was a little boy with untied sneakers. He had a wagon, and toys were everywhere. He had a little cut on his face and there were smudges all over the card. It read, “Mom, I remember that little prayer you used to say for me every day,” And on the inside of the card the prayer read, “God help you if you ever do that again.”

I know that Motherhood can be difficult. It tests your patience and your temper, and I think it’s safe to say that every Mom has at least thought “God help you if you ever do that again.” Know this, Motherhood is all worth it for the Mother that pours her heart into a child to see that boy grow to be a man. There is just something about Mothers that have given their life to instill in a child Godly character and tenacity to live life. Mom’s are special! This is even displayed by Christ. As He hung on the cross He looked at His mother then at John His disciple and said, ““Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home”. (John 19:27) Jesus had compassion on His mother no doubt because of the love and honor that He had for her. John Piper says, “the apostle of Jesus Christ in this text bestows on motherhood and grandmotherhood a great honor. Mothers have a calling that can become the long-remembered ground of faith, not just for your children—mark this—but for the untold numbers who will be affected by your children. And that’s in addition to all the other thousands of ripple effects of faith in your life.”

In a similar way Charles Spurgeon says of Motherhood, “O dear mothers, you have a very sacred trust reposed in you by God! He hath in effect said to you, “Take this child and nurse it for Me, and I will give thee thy wages.” You are called to equip the future man of God, that he may be thoroughly furnished unto every good work. If God spares you, you may live to hear that pretty boy speak to thousands, and you will have the sweet reflection in your heart that the quiet teachings of the nursery led the man to love his God and serve Him.
Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship; but dream not that she is lost to the work of the church; far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord.
Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty. Christian women, by teaching children the Holy Scriptures, are as much fulfilling their part for the Lord, as Moses in judging Israel, or Solomon in building the temple.”

So, today is a day that we honor a God-given and beautiful role to women who set an example of the compassion that Christ gives to us all. Motherhood is more than childcare, it is raising a generation to know and follow Christ! So, when you feel as though you aren’t making a difference remember that God can and will use your efforts for His glory as you display Christ to that child. Mothers thank you for loving the Lord and for showing our children how to do the same! Happy Mother’s Day!