Our Mother

Mother is our number one fan. She often works hard only to know it was for her children’s cause. She not only worked hard to ensure that we had a good upbringing, but was also very strict and sometimes she punished us whenever we went wrong. Even though I did not like the punishment then, I now realize and look back that it was meant to lovingly correct me and help me to follow the right path when growing up. I can vividly remember my mother who used to take care of me when I was so ill. She spends the time to attend to me and brought me to a hospital. At one time, I was so ill in the hospital and was about to die and I can only hear her say “David, pray to God! He is our only refuge.”

Our mother was a good cook and even knew how to bake and prepare for family’s gathering.  Just the memory of the foods excites and salivate me until now. She talked to me about what will happen when I grow up. She gave great bits of advice. I can proudly say to all that she grew up in a Christian family who also wants us to fear God.

Sometimes I hear children speak badly to their mother. I hear a teenager calling her mom “you Crazy!” and tell her mom to shut up because it is none of her business. A lady in her late 30s told her mom to just shut up and behave because she doesn’t know anything better anymore because she is already old. It pained me to see her mother hearing that. What a sad scenario. I saw and heard a young boy kicking the door of their house so furious when asked why he came home too late or was not given money to enjoy with her/his friends.

We, children, should honor our mothers with obedience. Doing some work for our parents like fixing and cleaning is a small but important sign of respect. “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord” (Colossians 3:20). Children can show honor to their mother by returning home on time and can take her advice about having the right friends. As adults, we can show honor by keeping in touch with her, if you do not live close to her, call her and share some good news about your achievements or your children’s achievement. She will appreciate these small remembrances and expressions of gratitude. Don Wilton in his article “Honor your Father and Mother” says; “Provide for your parents’ basic needs. Make certain you are not feasting at the king’s table while your precious parents are living on cans of baked beans! And, by the way, make sure they are eating right.” (https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/june-2013/honor-your-mother-and-your-father/).

Lastly, when our mothers grow old, we have an opportunity to return the care they gave us, by making sure their needs are being met and the proper care is being received. “Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22). This may even include financial support: “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).

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