“M” is for the million things…
Some of you now have the song from 1915 by Theodore Morse and Howard Johnson in your minds. When we think of mothers, we truly have a million things that we can be thankful for. Mothers are a great blessing from the Lord. Yet we live in a time in which being a wife and a mother is not esteemed by the world as it used to be.
Thankfully we have an unwavering standard in God’s Word that reminds us we are to honor our father and our mother as the first example of authority in our lives. Exodus 20:12 states, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Paul repeats this commandment in Ephesians and states in 6:2-3, “…(this is the first commandment with a promise.) that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
The greatest thing a mother can do is train up a child in the ways of the Lord. Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” The support and love and prayers of a mother are invaluable. My wife still remembers my mother sending her a letter after we were engaged. She wrote, “We are so excited to finally meet you. We have been praying for you since Todd was a little boy.”
As we think of mothers this week and remember our own mothers, or the mothers around us, let us not forget to give honor where honor is due. Paul begins Romans 13 speaking about the governing authorities. When we get to verse seven he speaks of respect and honor. “Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.” While the passage is set in the context of civil authorities, we know that honor and respect are owed to all authority in our lives and that begins with the fifth commandment in reference to our parents.
This week as we honor mothers and motherhood, let us give thanks to God for godly moms and their influence on the kingdom of God.