Happy Mother’s Day! Our moms teach us many things. I’ll name a few. Maybe you can remember a few lessons you learned from your mother too.
Moms teach the meaning of anticipation — “Just wait until your daddy gets home.”
She teaches us the lesson of giving and receiving — “You’re going to get it when we get home.”
She teaches logic — “If you fall and break your neck, you’re not going with me to the store.”
We learn medical science — “If you keep crossing your eyes they’re going to freeze that way.”
She teaches us to prayer — “You had better pray that this comes out of the carpet.”
She teaches us humor — “When the lawn mower cuts off your foot, don’t come running to me.”
She teaches about adulthood — “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you won’t grow up.”
She teaches genetics “You’re just like your father.”
She reminds us of our roots — “Do you think you were born in a barn?”
She teaches us the wisdom of the ages — “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
Did you mother ever say, “Wash your hands young man?” Now this request is more complicated to a boy than you might think. Even if we said we did, there was usually an “inspection” and a “do-over.” Mothers require the entire hand to be clean and not just the palms. As I recall, my mom later had me return to the wash room to learn a lesson about drying “clean” hands on the freshly washed towel rather than “dirty” hands. She also stated that actually using soap made the entire process of hand-washing easier and better.
I remember my mom saying, “Think before you speak. Once a word has been spoken, though you might apologize over and over again, you can never take it back.” Oh, how true this is! How difficult this is to accomplish even today. Have you ever gotten thinking first and speaking second out of order? So have I. And afterwards though we might say, “I am so sorry” we find that the word spoken ahead of thought echoes still. We can do better. I can do better. I will do better.
I remember my mom saying, “Son, guard your emotions.” These words she often spoke to me as I walked out the door on my way to pick up my date for the evening. Isn’t it amazing how a mother knows exactly what to say at just the right time? Her words echoed in my head for the rest of the evening. They still do. I’m glad.
This Sunday (May 10th) we will focus on Jesus and His mother. Jesus’ mother is not to be worshipped. Our worship is reserved only for God. We can honor, respect, and learn from Jesus’ mother about how to love our children. At the afternoon hour (1:30pm) we will take a look at just how much Jesus loved His mother. Come and worship with us!