Mothers Matter

Written by Devon Bowman

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”– 2 Timothy 1:5

Mothers matter! I know that I am stating the obvious but this world seems to refer to motherhood as a lesser option or what you do after you have done everything else. I want to emphasize again, mothers matter. It is utterly surprising for that to be countercultural but here we are.

I think about my own mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers that have impacted my life in countless ways. I can say this statement with full confidence that I would not be where I am today spiritually and otherwise if not for them. Innumerable prayers have been prayed on my behalf, love given constantly, and instruction in the Lord have all made the utmost difference.

I am reminded of the verse that I wrote at the beginning. We see the legacy of mothers found in the writings of the Apostle Paul. He looks at young Timothy and sees that the faith that he finds in him did not start with him. Paul observes that the same faith that Timothy has originated in his mother and grandmother. What Eunice and Lois did made a difference. They left a spiritual legacy that resided in Timothy.

The first group I want to address reading this blog are the children. I want you to think about your mom or mother figures in your life. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on just what your mother has done for you. Think about all the sick days, meals made, tears wiped and concerns heard. The care of our mothers is why we are here today. Let us not only reflect on the physical things but the spiritual as well. Reflect on their prayers, commitment to the church,  trust in God, and  spiritual giftings. These were so important to the spiritual foundation that you have today. We should thank God for the impact that our mothers have had in our lives. Make sure to tell your mom just what that impact has meant to you.

The second group I want to address are the mothers. I want to first of all say thank you! Thank you for all that you have done. Sometimes being a mother is one of the most thankless jobs. The people around you can take for granted all that you do. We expect all the tasks to get done and do not even think about esteeming you for them. I also want to encourage you that what you have done has really made a difference. So many times you may have wondered if all the time, energy, tears, and sleepless nights made a difference. But I can most certainly say that, yes, it has made all the difference.

The final group that I want to talk to are the fathers. We should be the first in bringing honor to our wives. If we are honest we can sometimes take for granted what our wives do for us and for our children. Many times we can think that our love and thankfulness are obvious. We think that what we do means we do not need to say it when in reality that is false. Let us make it an intentional part of today and everyday to truly say just how thankful we are. To not just be general and generic but to truly tell the mothers in our lives just what all they do that you are thankful for.

Be encouraged mothers! What you do makes a difference, not just today, but in eternity. Your commitment is not a waste and we just want to say thank you! You truly have changed our lives and who we are is a legacy of who you have always been.

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