Please enjoy this article that was written around the time of Mother’s Day, this last year 2010. Children are AWESOME, especially when they come from awesome mom’s and dad’s like you! – Jessica
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching here in the U.S.. It is a day when children and husbands, daughters and sons, take the time to honor their mothers and show them respect. As I was writing this morning on mothers I thought that I should look into the holiday and how it began. Interestingly enough, all nations celebrate some form of it, and of course it has its ‘Pagan’ influences (i.e. mother worship), but the true fact is that honoring your mother is rooted in the Bible and is in fact the first commandment with a promise.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
“”Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise–” Eph. 6:2
“For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'” Matt. 15:4
A few years back, I heard a true story of wild elephants that were destroying land and houses terrorizing a section of Africa. As it turns out they had originally been a part of a program was a set up to rescue baby elephants that had been left without mothers. When they we teens, they were freed. The infant elephants had grown together all on their own and then freed in their ‘teen’ years. It was not long before they began terrorizing the land, mostly valuable farmland, destroying crops or anything that stood in their way. Granted, elephants aren’t exactly the subtlest creatures, these elephants were extraordinarily unruly and angry, and had no control whatsoever. The people had a big problem!
Thankfully, someone in the village had an idea, “What would happen if we brought in a matured elephant?” As soon as the older fully matured elephant was brought into the group, the behavior of the teen elephants stopped, and they ended up learning all the skills that they so desperately needed in order to function and to become completed elephants, capable of taking care of themselves without hurting, or being hurt.
WE ALL NEED A MENTOR
I find it interesting that God does not call us to honor our ‘parents’ but rather, to honor our father and mother. ‘Honor’ in the original Hebrew means to ‘take heavy, or with weight’. While it is true that we can function and be raised well with either a father or a mother, we wouldn’t be here without both. Honoring them is a commandment with a promise, one for long life! The way the scripture is stated to me however, is as if God cares so much for us that He knew in advance that not all of us would grow up with both. So He made sure to explain to us, that we would need to honor the men and the women that have helped to frame us, not merely just the pair.
Sometimes unfortunately, we are like those little lost elephants and have no birth mother or fathers that we know. This is when our surrogate mother’s and father’s come into our lives, and it is fantastic that we can have them. Every person needs a mentor to look to for support, if you do not feel that you have someone such as this, I pray you will find yours today.
Tomorrow, in America, we will honor our mothers for all of the amazing things that they do. The most amazing thing perhaps, is the fact that through their examples, they shape the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow. Without people who take responsibility to shape the young, we would all be lost little elephants. Praise God today, if your mother was a righteous one. As a mother, I also pray that the Lord would quicken my spirit to remember the great impact I have on my own children, as well as the children of others.
Happy Mother’s Day*,
God Bless you, your mothers and those whom you mother-
*It is in my deepest condolences to those of you who have had your mothers pass. They were like the stars in the night sky, lighting the path for weary travelers. I pray today that you would be able to find peace in their passing and understand that the torch has now been passed on to you, I pray that you would be able to have the strength necessary to begin lighting the way for others. I am thinking of you today in and your losses. May the Lord be with you.