If you ask a thousand people who or what had the most positive influence on their religious faith, most of them would most likely answer, “My mother.” That’s because mothers possess this innate awareness that as much as their children need to develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, they also need to be developing spiritually. After all, it’s that spiritual foundation that enables us to grow more effectively in every other area of life.
This Mother’s Day will be the first year I won’t have my mother, since she passed away last October. But as come to this signal celebration, I am mindful of how it was my mother who made sure that I made it to church, that I learned the lessons of faith, and that I took seriously the biblical mandate to be a “doer of the Word” and not merely a hearer.
And I have noticed something else. I’ve noticed how I’ve been quoting my mother more in these recent months that I ever recall doing. So many things she taught me have been coming back to me at the strangest times and in the strangest ways, and I have found that in so many respects I’m still indebted to her guidance and counsel.
My experience reminds me that a mother’s work is never fully done. While she may get us out of the house and on our feet at a certain point, her instruction will stay with us for years to come.
So, as this Mother’s Day approaches, if your mother is still with you, make sure that you thank her profusely for not only the gift of life she bestowed upon you, but also for the lessons from which you are still benefitting. And if, like me, your mother has passed, thank God profusely for the blessing that she was and how her living counsel still lives on with you. Keep that thought in mind not just for this Sunday, but maintain it for the days ahead and you will do well in all things, just like your mother always wanted you to do.
“She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed” (Prov. 31:27-28a).