My Mother’s Day
By Steve Williams
I heard a well-known evangelist doing a sermon on Mother’s Day and he used these words to catch the audience’s attention. “I have spent some of the happiest moments of my life in the arms of another man’s wife, Yes, I have spent some of the happiest moments of my life in the arms of another man’s wife.” Then, following a pause, the evangelist added, that woman was my mother. A young pastor was there, and he said to himself that he was going to have to use that in one of his sermons. So, a few weeks later he was speaking to a civic group and it flew into his mind what the evangelist had said. He thought, “I can use that”. And he said, “I have spent some of the happiest times of my life in the arms of another man’s wife.” But he went brain dead and forgot the punch line. So, he said it again and still could not remember the punch line, and again he said it. Then he muttered meekly. “BUT FOR THE LIFE OF ME I CAN’T REMEMBER WHO SHE WAS.”
There is absolutely no doubt that mothers have a powerful influence on our lives. Chuck Swindoll said this about the family. “Whatever else may be said about the home, it is the bottom line of life, the anvil upon which attitudes and convictions are hammered out. It is the place where life’s bills come due, the single most influential force in our earth that existence is our mother” and I agree with him.
The thing I remember the most about my mom is her voice and the words that she shared. I remember being in the hospital and my mom was there standing beside my bed holding my hand and praying for me while I laid under an oxygen tent. I was a very sick kid with pneumonia. She never left my bedside and kept telling me everything was going to be ok. I remember hearing her tell me how much she loved me all through my life, even though some of the years in my life I know that I was not too lovable. I can hear her tell me when I was not living right and that God saw what I was doing, and that it hurt Him. I remember coming in late at night and trying to sneak by her door without her hearing me. I would hear her praying and thanking God for bringing me home safely. Boy, she knew how to use her words to God to get my attention as I walked by her room. I will always remember her words of challenge that she spoke to me and that she also wrote in my Bible that she gave me. She said: Steve, “Sin will keep you from this book, but this book will keep you from sin.” Those words still echo in my ears even today.
One day I took my mom and dad to a place on top of Blue Rock Mt. called Quiet Reflection, and it was during the fall of the year. As I took her to the chapel and opened the door, and as she looked through the big pane glass windows, she started crying, lifting her hands, and just praising God for the beauty of what she was seeing and how great the God she served was. What she was seeing overwhelmed her and it really got to me. It just showed me just how much my mom loved the Lord that day. Love is the greatest thing in the world from a mom, but a mother’s voice is the most divine. Her voice can soothe her crying child and even chase away a bully who is trying to hurt her child. I believe the greatest attention-getter in the world, other than God, is the voice of a mother. There are two things I miss the most about my mother’s voice. One is asking her to pray for me and listen to how she would pray to God. It was just like they were sitting right across from each other while she lifted me up in prayer. Second is her sharing her thankfulness to God and how God had helped our family through so many different things. Oh, how I can’t wait to hear the voice of my mom again.
Pastor Steve Williams
Words Of Wisdom:
- Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. ~ Billy Graham
- I don’t believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy out of the arms of a godly mother.
- To be a mother is by no means second class. Men may have the authority in the home, but the women have the influence. The mother, more than the father, is the one who molds and shapes those little lives from day one. ~ John MacArthur
- The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayer will be answered. ~~ L. Moody
- A mother is your best critic and yet your strongest supporter. N/A
Something to think about:
- A wise woman told her husband who was complaining about how things looked around the house. She said, we can’t all look good at the same time, it’s either me, The kids, or The house, you make the choice.
Steve Williams is the pastor of Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. You can read more good Christian news from Steve HERE.