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What’s a Mom Worth?

By Rick and Cindy Mercer

Burke County

Abraham Lincoln once said, “No man is poor who has a godly mother.”  I think you would agree with that statement…especially if you have been the recipient of a godly mom.

There have been many mothers in the history of this world who have impacted their sons in a tremendous way.  Abraham Lincoln was one of those.  It is because of the many prayers of a mom that a son or daughter has been brought to the cross.  We have numerous stories in the Bible of women who are great examples for all the mothers today who want to be what God wants them to be.

But, what about her worth?  Is there truly any way to measure that?  How can one determine the depths of her love and her gentle care?  What about her touch that heals the wounds on the spirit or the heart?  No scale or ruler or number can calculate.  The love that she shares from day to day deserves much honor and respect.  There is no way to measure a mother’s worth.  The intensity of her love is both precious and rare.  The bond she has with her children from birth.  There is no equal of her indefinite worth anywhere. (Excerpt from “The Measure of a Mother’s Worth”-Arthor Journer)

There have been many analysts that have made futile attempts at actually putting a price tag on what a mother is worth.  I have seen various figures ranging from $70,000 to $150,000 per year!  When we think of our own moms…I wouldn’t even attempt to put a value because the numbers would be infinitely adding up!

A question was once asked.  “What makes a Christian mother distinctive from other mothers?  Answer: salt.  Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth” (Luke 5:13) A Christian mother isn’t necessarily better than other mothers; but rather she has special seasoning due to the presence of the Holy Spirit.  The believing mother has a wealth of resources available to train, discipline, and love her children in the grace of God.

Consider the following qualities of a godly mother:

  1. Possesses a keen sense of discernment (Proverbs 15:14)
  2. Persists in prayer at all times (Luke 18:1)
  3. Demonstrates unconditional love (1 John 4:18)
  4. Cultivates a joyful environment (Psalm 16:11)
  5. Exhibits steadfastness in the Word of God (Psalm 111:10)
  6. Forgives the offenses of others willingly (John 20:23)
  7. Embraces a spirit of contentment (1 Timothy 6:6)
  8. Trust in God (Psalm 9:10)
  9. Keeps the faith (Proverbs 28:20)
  10. Brings order to chaos (Proverbs 31:27)
  11. Holds to what is right (Matthew 13:43)
  12. Willing to release her children to God (Romans 5:5)

As we look at this list, we know there is no such thing as a perfect mother, but the Christian mother continues to be perfected by the grace of God.  She is invaluable to the kingdom of Christ due to her influence on the next generation.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, every godly mother can be valuable and of great worth to her children and children’s children.  Now that’s worth a lot!