By Timothy Sparks
Mothers make life possible. Second only to God, mothers bring us into this world. Mothers love us as no other humans on earth love us. They care for us tens of thousands of hours throughout our lives. Mothers invest their lives in us.
A mother’s love causes her to do all kinds of “dirty work”—from changing diapers to washing dishes—often while working full-time to provide necessities and luxuries for her children. When we fall as children, mother drops to her knees to pick us up. When we cry, she dries our eyes and comforts us. Once we’re grown, when our tears fall, so do hers. What brings joy to us brings joy to her (Rom. 12:15). Her life is focused on our well-being and our success.
Just as Hannah prayed for Samuel, even before conception in the womb, some mothers pray to God for us, begging God to give us as a gift (2 Sam. 1:27; Ps. 127:3). Just as God does, so mothers teach us how to love by first loving us (1 Jn. 4:19).
A mother’s careful spiritual guidance directs us to seek the heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ. As Lois and Eunice taught Timothy, so a godly mother reads the Scriptures to us, instilling faith within our hearts (2 Tim. 1:5; 3:14-15; Rom. 10:17). With songs of praise, she teaches us to thank and glorify the God of Heaven (Jas. 5:13b; Ps. 136:26). On bended knees she prays for us, helping us to stand.
So many times, what is true of love is true of mothers. Mothers “make our world go round.” Without mothers, our world would stop, at least for a moment, but even then we would remember that mothers teach us to get up and keep going. Mothers teach us by doing—they do not just “say,” they “do.” Mothers are “doers” (Jas. 1:22).
God helps us all the way, giving us mothers who tend to their task as very best they can. We thank God for mothers. Mothers, we thank you for being our mothers!
Proverbs 31:15-31 (NKJV)
15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.