“…but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Prov 31:30b)
Next Sunday is Mother’s Day. I would like to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day ahead of time. I once saw a plaque that reads “God created mothers because He can’t be everywhere.” As Christians, we know that God is everywhere; but we also know that mothers are God’s representatives on earth. A mother’s love reflects God’s selfless, enduring, and unconditional love. By His own design, mothers are blessed with a love that is nurturing and comforting. In short, God made them good at what they do. But, with this awesome responsibility, He also gave a promise; “He gently leads those that have young.” (Isa. 40:11) For all that is expected and demanded from mothers, God promises His gentle leading, His sustenance and protection daily.
Our children belong to God, but yet He has entrusted them to mothers for a period of time on this earth. This is a priceless and beautiful calling. Mothers are accountable to God for raising and preparing their children for a life of service to Him and to humanity. Indeed, there is no assignment on earth that utilizes the array of skills needed by a mother in fulfilling her everyday duties. A recent study states that “if the typical stay-at-home mother in the US were paid for her work, she would earn $162,581 a year. A working mother who juggles an outside job would get $81,291 for her motherly duties.” Mom’s market value was calculated by studying the pay levels of at least 20 job titles with duties that a typical mom performs. But, in all reality, there is not a price tag that can truly be affixed to motherhood.
Mothers have a really important job, a job they cannot do well apart from the grace of God. Much is expected of moms today. Well-adjusted kids don’t just happen. And the environment in which we raise our children has dramatically changed. Drive-by shootings, sexual molesters, illegal drugs, etc. were almost unheard of 50 years ago. Yesterday’s mothers didn’t have to worry about dangers and violence haunting the schools and streets. In addition to physical threats, families must also be concerned about the culture today that impacts the hearts and minds of their children. Mothers need to be on their knees so much more these days. “There is no higher height to which humanity can attain than that occupied by a heaven-inspired praying mother.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers! I salute you, dear sisters … you do indeed have the most important job in the world! Let me also assure you that no investment you make in life will bring you the returns you’ll get from raising your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. “Her children arise and call her blessed…” (Proverbs 31:28a).