No matter how you cut it, mothers are absolutely critical in the lives of their children. They love us before they know us, feed and clothe us, putting us before themselves time and again. Mothers shape the way we think, the way we treat each other, even the way we hope to be treated by others. So, choices they make in loving us and raising us are critical not only to us but also to everyone we interact with. Love your mom with all your heart, appreciate them for how they love you, and take the time to think about the moms across this globe and across time. Though culture may differ, the love of a mother for their children, and the impact of that love on their worldview, knows no bounds.
The importance of mothers is a fact that comes up throughout the Bible. In fact, we read in 2 Timothy 1:5 that Timothy himself found the backbone of his Christian faith through the steadfast belief of both his mother and grandmother. Their years of influence, from childhood onward (2 Timothy 3:14-17), was no doubt crucial when he was faced with the ultimate choice to follow the teachings of Christ Jesus. Now, just as in Timothy’s day, godly mothers ingrain in their children, through action and instruction, the fundamental seeds of steadfast belief. Godly women are invaluable in the establishment of the next generation of believers.
In the 1700s, John Wesley was a prolific theologian. The father of the Methodist movement, his journal indicates that he averaged some 15 sermons a week, delivering as many as 40,000 sermons over the many decades of his career, traveling an estimated 250,000 miles to do so! This was a serious man who was serious about his call to preach the Word. Behind him of course was a faithful, God-fearing mother. In one of their correspondences, the question of sin arose, and what it should be described as. Wesley’s mother said of the matter: “Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.” — Susanna Wesley (Letter, June 8, 1725)
Words to live by, truly spoken by a faithful, God-fearing mother. I have been abundantly blessed by all the godly mothers in my life. To the wonderful woman who brought me into this world, to the loving mother of my three children, to my mother in law, and all my grandmothers, I love you all, I am truly blessed to have each of you in my life, and I wish you each a wonderful Mother’s Day!
On this day, I ask all that read these words to thank the Lord for those women who, by deed, instruction, or even just the act of living rightly, show us how to be faithful, believing children. Happy Mother’s Day, folks.
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