M Stands For …
Before we take a more light hearted looking at an acrostic of the letters found in the word MOTHER let’s take a look at a command in the Scripture that has a promise included in it. Paul and Jesus both recounted one of the 10 Commandments. Listen to how Paul retells this command:
Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise-- 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
Paul is telling us what is the right way to live – the true way to live is to be obedient to our parents. Paul doesn’t qualify how old the children are. He just tells us that it is the right way to live.
There are benefits that are linked to one's obedience to this command and as well the opposite is true. Obedience gives way to a healthy long life and disobedience just the opposite.
- When I read this multiple times I kept thinking it is talking about just our physical lives? Is Paul limiting this to just our time here on earth?
- The last part of this verse narrows it down to our earthly life. But he never limits this to just our physical lives – it is both physical and spiritual.
- How long do you want to live? Long enough to retire, to have great grandchildren? If we want to have a long life it goes to being obedient to our parents.
Because we are not following the command we are paying the consequences as a nation and as individuals:
- Could it be that the quality of life you and I experience today has a direct correlation to our obedience to this command?
- How we handle this command will determine our spiritual growth.
- How we handle this command will also determine what is happening in our lives in the present.
- God is honored and pleased when we keep this command. If God is happy we will be happy. If God is pleased we will be pleased.
- Christian parents are honored and pleased when their children discover and live by biblical principles. The greatest honor would be for us kids to live godly lives. Notice my pronoun.
- I believe that when we honor someone we need to tell her that she is being honored.
- Today is a day out of 365 days that we pay tribute to our mothers but wouldn't it be great to do that 364 mores days of the year by being obedient children.
Let me give you 2 reasons why parents ought to be honored:
- Because the Bible declares that parents are to be honored. Actually it is a command with a promise. If you want the blessing then you got to follow the command.
- The second reason parents are worthy of honor is because honor gives parents hope and encouragement to carry on.
I would like to share some thoughts about mothers from the perspective of the 3 of the best moms in the world: the one I grew up with, Virginia Cook, one I got to know by marriage, Lorene Seibert – my mother-in-law, and the best mom ever is one I have been watching for 29 years Mary Beth; – these 3 godly women demonstrate true Christina motherhood. Are these special ladies in my life perfect? NO ask their kids and they would never say they were - But it is in my eyes the effort is what counts.
- M stands for Mobile.
- Mothers are capable of moving at a high rate of speed or at least that is what her kids expect.
- She takes one to kid to ball practice and picks up the other at another practice or at dance and then back to the ball field.
- She changes in appearance, mood and purpose. At one moment she is wearing catcher’s equipment and then the next she has an apron on fixing dinner.
- She moves from being a nurse to tailor to a counselor healing a broken heart.
- She is also the Marshal in the house and in the community keeping peace – correcting and don’t cross this marshal – she will bust you.
- O stands for Organizer of schedules, clothes, meals, etc.
- Mom is the one who organizes the schedule of the week and keeps track of when and where the kids are to be.
- "Mom I can't find my lucky socks” - "Why don't you look in the sock drawer - I washed then after I found them under your bed."
- "Mom did you wash my shirt?" - It is like Mom knows which shirt you mean.
- Her husband gets to the car and hollers into the house "Honey, where is my keys?"
- Moms are also wonderful at observing and interpreting situation. She knows the difference between "school's fine" and "school's fine." Mary Beth is the best at this. They can tell by your eyes.
- T stands for tenderness. She can give butterfly kisses and wipe tears away and touch the heart of each child.
- T also stands for the time she gives to her kids. One of the greatest gifts we can give is our time.
- It always amazed me when I coached little league and beyond and also basketball how many parents didn't show up – they couldn’t take the time out of their busy schedule. Time is essential.
- But Mary Beth was there. Miriam was at games before she knew what a ball was.
- She is also the torchbearer for her kids. Her kids are the most important kids in the world.
- T also stands for treasure keeper. She keeps treasures like macaroni made crafts and pictures drawn when their child was in pre-school for a life time. Fathers might call them junk but mothers will call them treasures.
- H stands for harmony, heroic and a handy - woman. She knows how to create harmony with friends. Ever notice how moms can make peace with her kids' friends.
- Moms know how to fix broken hearts of their kids friends. As well as keeping peace and harmony in the home front.
- Moms are also heroic - I have seen mothers defend their children against great odds.
- Moms fix all kinds of things today. They know how to fix everything from bikes to hearts.
- E stands for educator - she teaches her children reading, writing, how to ride a bike and how to tie shoes
- She enriches the lives of her children and her children's friends. I ran into one of kids I grew up with who hadn't seen in years and he talked about how much of an impact my parents had on him.
- He talked about how my mom was always talking life lessons with a story. I would roll my eyes but he was impressed that my mom knew what was going on in life and how to fix it.
- E also stands for encourager. Encouragement is so important in our day.
- She also sets an example for her kids.
- R stands for resilience. Mothers have the ability to recover from or adjust to almost anything. They have dealt with frogs in pockets, speeding tickets, failures, and disappointments from their children. But they pop back up and are there to support their kids.
- Sometimes they have to become resourceful reformers - making something better or improve it. Ever notice how they can make a pair of jeans into a purse or neat pair of shorts.
- They also regulate things - bring order out of chaos. To govern and rule.
Mother really stands for Christ in their homes and in the community. We are to imitate Christ - showing his love. Should they be honored – Absolutely – by giving them the respect and love they deserve – How by being obedient.