The first Mother’s Day was officially established in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, and henceforth would be celebrated on the second Sunday of May. This day is set aside as a holiday to celebrate the mother’s of America. Other presidents as well have declared the role their mothers have played in their lives. John Quincy Adams is quoted as saying, “all that I am my mother made me,” and Abe Lincoln declared, “all that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother.” Finally, Andrew Jackson states, “There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness… The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.” These are great men of success who owed much to their mothers.
Mom, your role is crucial in the makeup of the family and society at large.
The apostle Paul, addressing his child in the faith, Timothy, remembers him fondly and cannot wait to see him again. He is a godly young man who is sincere in his faith (v.5) and is worthy of the apostle’s trust, love, and ministry. As Timothy’s spiritual father, Paul recognizes that his young protege did not become the kind of man he was in a vacuum. He learned his faith from someone, and that someone was dear old mom (and grandma too). Timothy’s biological father was a pagan, but that didn’t stop Eunice and Lois from being a godly influence to their son and grandson.
That is an exemplary example for us today. The women in Timothy’s life were compelled to share and train up this young man in the faith, despite the lack of spiritual leadership in the home. Moms, are you living with an unbelieving husband? Train your child in the faith. Is your husband indifferent to the things of God? Train your child in the faith. Teach your child the Scriptures as early as you can, because in them there is wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Tim 3:14-15).
Look at us today, praising God for Timothy’s faith because of the example of his mom and grandma. As mothers embark on training their children in the ways of the Lord, they should do so with a greater vision in mind; a vision that includes the lives that their children will affect because of their faith.
My wife and I are teaching our daughter biblical truths and praying that she will be a godly woman and turn the world upside down for Christ. We want our immediate actions to have long-term, God-honoring results. Lois and Eunice may not have thought about the future, or the ripples their faithfulness would cause, but because of their obedience to their Savior, we are blessed.
Children, you may get sick of hearing about righteousness, purity, and faith, but understand that we who are parents have an obligation to teach you the things of God and to guide and direct you. The Bible calls us to rebuke, correct, and encourage (2 Tim 4:2) those under our care so they will know the truth about God, Jesus Christ, and salvation. We love you enough to do that for you; and dad, if you won’t do it, may you be blessed with a wife who will.
Mom’s (foster moms, stepmoms, grandmas and the like), you have a wonderful biblical example of faithfulness that has spanned the ages. You will not know what your future impact will be, but like the women in our text, you are to be faithful to the things of God and pass that faith along.
Moms, do not underestimate the influence you have; use that power for good and not for evil.
Washington Irving said, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
Thank you mom for all you put up with from me and all the heartache I have caused. Thank you that no matter how bad it got/gets, I can always count on you to be there for me. Thank you for letting me go and make my own mistakes, and reserving critique and criticism until my heart could handle it. Thank you mom for persevering through your own trials and showing me you were stronger than I gave you credit for. Thank you God for giving me my mom and for her being the person You made her to be.
On this Mother’s Day, I want to say thank you mom, I Love You!
Grace and Peace,