Honor Our Mothers
The importance of mothers in building stable families cannot be overstated. They deserve honor for the selfless sacrifices they perform each day. This blog post is for them.
Mother’s Day is a day designed to formally give our mothers extra honor. This can take the form of a card, flowers, breakfast in bed or a special dinner. Mother’s Day is a good time to remember and thank your mother for her selfless love, all the service she does behind the scenes and how she is always there for you when needed. Of course, not all people have mothers like this—but many of us do.
In today’s society, sometimes the role of a mother is not as highly esteemed as it should be. A mother who chooses to focus on raising her children is sometimes referred to as “just a stay-at-home mom.” Some see this as a waste of a woman’s potential and think it’s a pity that someone would sacrifice her goals to change diapers.
Yet being a mother is one of the most important roles on earth. Let’s look at some of the important characteristics and roles of a good mother.
A good mother epitomizes selfless love. There is perhaps no better example of selfless love on the human level. She carries a child for nine months—enduring nausea, body pains, bloating, fatigue, food aversions, headaches, mood changes and more—because she loves that baby growing inside her before she ever sees it. When the baby is born, she sacrifices the sleep she physically needs in order to care for the baby.
My wife and I have two children. When I observe my wife’s selfless love for our children, I’m inspired to give more. Many mothers exemplify the attributes of the Proverbs 31 woman—a woman who is selfless, resourceful and dedicated and works hard to take care of her family.
Proverbs 31 women—and many mothers today—demonstrate self-sacrifice through service. They give their time and energy for their families, often doing mundane tasks that can go unappreciated.
These traits also give us a small picture of Jesus Christ. Jesus once looked at a spiritually lost group of people and made this comment: “I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings” (Matthew 23:37). Jesus Christ offered His life as the ultimate selfless sacrifice for all of mankind (Romans 5:10). Jesus said the greatest among us is the one who serves (Mark 10:43).
We can learn much about service, on the human level, from our mothers.
Raising godly offspring
God seeks godly offspring (Malachi 2:15). This makes a mother’s role much more important than most realize. In a sense, our children are on loan from God. They are really His children—He destines them to be children in His family (2 Corinthians 6:18). A godly mother understands this and does what she can to give her children a good foundation for God to build on. God expects parents to teach their children His law and way of life (Deuteronomy 6:7).
The Bible offers many examples of godly mothers who did just that. Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to God’s service, and Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, are given credit for teaching him God’s Word from his youth (2 Timothy 1:5).
Giving honor is a command
Though we give special honor to our mothers on Mother’s Day, our honor for them should extend throughout the year!
The Fifth Commandment instructs us to “honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12). When we are young, we can show honor and respect for our mom through simple things like cleaning our bedrooms, doing the dishes and picking up dirty laundry. As we grow older, we show honor and respect by seeking our parents’ advice, not thinking we know better, coming home on time and not speaking disrespectfully. As we enter adulthood, we honor them in different ways—such as keeping in touch with them and helping when needs arise.
Thank you, mothers, and thank you, grandmothers. Your love and examples encourage us to be better people and servants ourselves. Your work to build and strengthen our foundation is not overlooked or forgotten. Thank you for your example. We love you!