"MOTHERHOOD: Still The Most Important Profession"
by Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson | May 1, 2017
“Honor thy father and mother: which is the first commandment with promise” -Ephesians 6:2
During the month of May, we honor and celebrate Mother’s Day. Because of the efforts of Anna M. Jarvis, who suggested a national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers, on May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. As I thought about Mother’s Day, I began to reflect on motherhood , and I believe it is still the most important profession in the world.
Being a mother is more than giving birth. It is a lifetime commitment of love, nurture, correction, training, and building character in children’s lives. From the time a child is born, it is the mother’s responsibility to prepare that child for the rest of his/her life. Life is full of different roads and there are many paths to follow. Mothers teach their children how to make good choices, and to love them through the lessons.
As we think about all that a mother does, I thought about the job description a mother might have. Here is how it might read in the classifieds : “Needed, One Mother: She must have the following characters”:
Manager-able to train, direct, educate, and prepare a child for life.
Mender-able to fix things from bicycles to broken hearts.
Organizer-one who will bring structure to her household and her child’s life.
Opportunist– one who will seize the moment and keep her child’s eye on the goal.
Trustworthy– her child will know she can be trusted to keep her word.
Teacher-she will not give a task without showing her child how to complete it.
Taxi-available to drive her children to sporting events and school functions.
Helper- she is there in time of need.
Healer– she stands with her child through the rough places and wrong choices. Her kiss on a wound is better than any medicine a doctor can give.
Example-she sets an example in her home.
Edifier– she builds up her children; she gives them confidence and encouragement.
Restrictor– she set boundaries for herself and her children.
Restorer– she is able to softly and tenderly rebuild and restore in her children what others tear down. Refuge– she is a safe place in the time of trouble. Reflector-she reflects the love and character of Christ.
Being a mother is the most important occupation on earth. Let us remember to appreciate and thank our mothers for their love and influence in our lives. Let us rise up and call her blessed! To all of our mothers-Happy Mother’s Day!
Until then, let us continue. . .
Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson