Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

To all mothers:

First, a Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there, especially those who are first time moms like me. This is our first mother's day and no matter what happens between us and our children in the future, even if they die before us, we will be mothers until we die. It is not a job you can give up and a good mother won't try. Yes, there will be days when you want nothing more that 10 minutes without questions about when lunch will be served or can they go play with their friends or do they have to take a bath again. But really, in light of the fact that they will some day leave you to become parents themselves, wouldn't it be better to just smile and say, "Lunch will be at noon, same as always. You can play when your chores are done. And yes, when you are that dirty and covered in mud, you must take another bath." Just remember that some day, they won't be there to pester you anymore. We moms, tired as we are, soon forget that time passes so quickly. We are caught in the moment and don't look to see where the path is headed. We should take the time to listen to our moms, grandmas or friends who have grown children. They can tell us all the things they regret. It will help us have a little more patience with our little ones, when we stop to see the big picture.

If any of us has struggled in the past with our perspective, remember that today is a new day and God wants us to heed the words in Philippians 3:13-14, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." We are called to be mothers and we must press on even when we fail. Our Lord will give us all we need to fulfill the calling He has given us.

So enjoy this Mothers Day. And be encouraged, no matter what you children do, their children will probably do the same. After all, what else is the Mothers Curse for?

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