In recent days, one of my favorite “drive-by” sages posted the following on his business’ sign:
Behind every great man is a woman . . . rolling her eyes.
On this Mothers’ Day weekend, I’ll give that a bit of a twist:
Behind every successful child is a woman . . . holding her breath.
Only the Lord truly knows each mother’s heart. We learn so much about Him through the love He gives to mothers to share with us. In I Thessalonians, Paul describes his relationship with that young congregation:
We were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us (1:7-8).
In that description, Spirit of God who inspired those words teaches us about mothers. Gentle, caring, loving—these are words you’ll find in every card you’ll give a mother in gratitude this weekend. Good words that depict great attributes should certainly be shared. Bless you as you bless the dear women in your life!
Don’t miss the greatest indicator of love’s depth, however. “We loved you so much,” Paul writes. How much? “We were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well.”
The best gift any parent can give a child is to tell the story of Jesus—and the story of how Mom or Dad came to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. Have your children heard you tell of the day you trusted Christ? That reality certainly deserves to be lived out each day before your child, but you cannot remain silent and live faithfully to Jesus as Lord. As Paul writes, sharing the Good News of God with those who are dear to us is a “delight.”
Ask the Lord to help you share the greatest of news and the absolute key to a successful life. Choose to be delighted! Gently, with great care, and because of your sincere love, share your life and your love of Jesus with the people who are most precious to you. You might even find it helpful to sing . . .
Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
You may or may not be the actual mother of another person—but just like Paul, you can bring those you love to Jesus to become the children of God— born of God (John 1:12-13).