Hey, Mom, it’s Mother’s Day…
Mom, after you get the kids ready for church; cook breakfast; clean up the house in case the in-laws come over; break up three fights over whose game is whose; change your clothes twice from little Charlie spitting up; clean up the dog poo; put gas in the car… please rest and relax during church and try not to think of the list of things you need to do later in the day. Awe… just another mild mannered Mother’s Day! Smile… be happy! No really, be happy. I know I am being a little over blown when it comes to how a Mother’s Day can be, nonetheless, even Mother’s Day can be stressful. This holiday can bring up a lot of things for a lot of people: Your mom may no longer be with us; you may be a single mom having to handle things on your own; maybe you have been forgotten on the day you should have been honored… And I don’t ever want to make light of any of that or minimize some of the incredible battles you Moms fight. BUT… let me be one of the first to honor you; one of the first to say how amazing you are; one of the first to say, in my humble opinion, you have the most important ministry in the world!
I have had the privilege of being a minister for many years, and I am deeply grateful for that. Yet, I have never had the privilege of giving birth; being able to raise my own child; get to watch my own daughter walk down the aisle. And that is something I argued with God about for a number of years. I believed back then and believe still that the greatest ministry a woman could ever have is that of being a Mom. Mom, you are shaping the next generation. Mom, there is no telling who you have the privilege of raising up. Mom, what a blessing that God trusted you enough to give you this or these precious souls to speak His life into. In my opinion, Mom, you are amazing. All that you have to balance. All that you give of yourself. All that you do – often without acknowledgement or thanks. Mom, please allow me to say THANK YOU. Thank you for all you do. You may be saying that I don’t know how imperfect you are and how at times you have felt like a failure. I don’t care. You are Mom; and that says it all right there.
So Mom, when you feel like your kids have siphoned every bit of energy out of you like gasoline thieves and that they are purposely using that energy to wear you down; when you question your sanity; please remember that not only are those precious God given beings a gift to you, you are an amazing gift to them.
And for those of us who don’t have natural kids, we can still be Spiritual Moms to those who need mentoring. When I was feeling sorry for myself because I was not blessed with children, the Lord spoke to me and told me that He had given me “the children of the world”. And He has. I am so blessed. I have had the privilege of being “Mom” to so many women and kids in my time of ministry. I would not change one thing in my life. My kids at TC may be older and tout a few too many tattoos, but I wouldn’t trade a one of them-everyone of them are precious to the bone and God has a plan for everyone of their lives. Happy Mother’s Day Mom. May your day be blessed!