MY MOTHER STILL TEACHES ME…
By Steve Bietz
I recall Art Linkletter having a time slot on his television show that just talked to kids in an ad-lib manner. The way a kid would answer a question or describe a certain item could bring a smile and sometimes almost make one fall over laughing. Kids say the funniest things.
Well, moms can say the funniest things as they endeavor to try and deal with their kids in a teachable manner. My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done when she said to my brother and me: “If you are going to kill each other, do it outside because I just finished cleaning the floor.” At other times, mom could teach me logically when she would say: “Because I said so, that’s why.” My mom could come across with great irony when she would teach me: “Just keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.” My mom tried to teach me to be a contortionist when she would tell me: “Would you just look at the dirt on the back of your neck.” And yes my mother taught me about prayer as she told me: “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
In our Bibles, moms are certainly remembered but I don’t know if they had a Mother’s Day in the month of May like we do now. Was it common to take your mom out to eat to celebrate her day and get her out of the kitchen during the days of the gospels? Was it common that on a certain day in the days of the early church, in the time of the Apostle Paul, to get your mom flowers? Maybe not. But I do know that the Apostle Paul gave high praise to the mother and grandmother of Timothy. We find Paul’s praise for the influence of these two moms in Second Timothy, chapter one and verse five. Paul writes Timothy these words…” when I call to remembrance the genuine faith in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” What a remarkable tribute. These two moms pass on the genuine faith that they both had, and instilled it in Timothy.
My mom, Deanie, died back in 1999 at the age of 67 after a brief struggle with cancer. And although it has been over 20 years since I have heard her voice, I still hear her council in my head. She taught me the importance of worship. She taught me the importance of giving praise to God. She taught me the importance of service to others. She taught me the importance of having a dynamic relationship with my Heavenly Father. I hope you each had a mom like that. It is a remarkable miracle from our Heavenly Father that those Godly moms never stop teaching their children. I hope we listen to the God-given wisdom that our moms supply to all of us.
Praise God for our wonderful moms.
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