Today is Mother’s Day. Where would we be without our mothers? I think I know the answer to that one!!!
But, besides our very existence, it is a great question: Where would we be without our mothers? Biblically, the role of a mother is to raise the children. That does not mean it is not the role of the father as well, but God did design mothers with a special contribution in the child-rearing process. 1 Timothy 2:15 states (and I love the Simple English Bible rendering): But a woman may be saved through motherhood.
It is easy to see the role a mother makes in bringing up the children. It is easy to see what happens to children who are raised by bad mothers. It is easy to see what happens to children who are raised by good mothers. I am not sure how to define bad/good mothers, but most of the time we can recognize the kind of effort and skills mothers put forth.
Most of us can remember lessons that our mothers taught us. I remember two. I have always wondered where Nike can up with the slogan, Just do it! I have the feeling they stole it from my mother. One of the things I was taught was responsibility – just do it. Even when I didn’t want to or feel like it, if it was the right thing to do, I was told just do it. Today I am glad that I learned to just do it. My mother taught me to just do it, long before Nike!
Lesson number 2 was that when I was told just do it, on occasions I would ask, Why? The answer I got was, Because I said so. Good enough – I did it.