This Mothers Day message is different than most that you will hear or read. It's not the usual mushy stuff. Instead, it aims to help moms raise more confident and stable children, while improving their own stability and health.
Proverbs 6:20&21 says: My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother: Bind them continually upon your heart, and tie them about your neck.
Also read Proverbs; 1:7-9, 15:20, 23:22, 31:28.
What do these verses mean? For one, that we need to have respect for our Moms. You might not always agree with her, but you must know that she has your best interest at heart. Moms have a very strong protective instinct. They will get downright violent when necessary to protect their kids. See? I told you that this is not like most Mothers Day messages. But it is very important.
Also, it's interesting that wisdom is often referred to as 'her' or 'she' , as in Proverbs ch 9. It's not that men aren't wise, but it does seem that many times, our Moms have the exact wisdom that we need. I know there were a lot of times when my mom had to calm me down, or just plain throttle me, when I needed it.
I remember one time in particular when I was about 17 or 18. I was working on my car in the driveway and I got really frustrated and mad at it. I punched the door that went into the basement and broke the window out of the door. The pieces of glass fell out and one of them cut my hand. It was bleeding quite a bit. My mom heard the noise and ran down to see what happened. When she saw my hand and all that blood, she nearly panicked. She said "Are you ok?". I said "Yes, I'm fine".
As soon as she knew I was alright, she said "You're going to pay for that window!" But that's a true mom. Make sure the kids are ok, then spank 'em if they need it!
They tend to worry a bit too much. It's a delicate balance between protecting and teaching the kids, and just plain worrying too much. Sometimes I think that the letters in MOM stand for 'My Overactive Mind'.
I know that my mom was a worrier. She seemed to worry a lot. Always thinking of what could go wrong. Which, like I said, comes from that struggle between protecting and worrying. And that mode of operation can be too easily conveyed to your kids, causing them to get the same habit. Worrying is just meditating on the lies of the devil. Not a good plan.
This Mothers Day message is: teach your children to meditate on the promises of God. Not only will it benefit you, mom, by reducing your stress; it will teach your kids the best way to live. That's not too easy if you've been a "worry wort" all your life. It will take some time and effort.
But think about this; you can spend your future time and effort like you have in the past, by fretting and stewing, or you can spend that same time thinking on the things of God. On His Word and promises. The same amount of time will pass. What will you do with that time?
We spend our 24 hours in one way or another. The great thing is, and at the same time, the hard part is, God has given us the control over our lives, our time and our decisions. It's great if you make good choices and follow through with them; difficult if you don't.
All the stuff that seems to come at you constantly? Use your time and put forth your effort to seek God's ways, His promises and His solutions to your everyday situations. It WILL take time. But if you start today, to build up your faith, then there will come a time when you start to see relief and success in dealing with life. Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." Now that's a good Mothers Day message. Get Jesus in you, and you will overcome the world too.
Mitch Ferguson July 2010