Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day Message

Yesterday, on Mother's Day, I listened to the Moody Church Hour on the radio and was deeply touched by the testimony of a mother who had 9 children. She talked about the importance of being a mom, of how God reminded her years ago that she was raising an eternal soul.
She quoted I Corinthians 15:58:
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (ESV)

I like how The Message says it:
Throw yourself into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.

Then this mom told about how a car crash took the lives of six of those nine children back in 1994, how God was faithful through the suffering, how grieving for six was too much so the family grieves for one each day, and how they are looking forward to seeing them again in heaven.

So, if you are a mom (or a dad), remember these things:
  • Nothing you do in Christ's name - change a diaper, clean the house, make a meal, read to your child, mow the lawn, do the laundry, discipline a child, clean the toilet, pray with your family, etc. is a waste of time.
  • You have the most important job in the world. Throw yourself into the job. But also remember that you do not have to do it alone. Do it in God's strength and wisdom.
  • You are raising an eternal soul. Raising him/her to know the Lord is the most important part of parenting.

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