What does it tale to be a mother? Some would say the simple act of giving birth makes a woman, a mother. Though in my humble opinion there is so much more involved in that word or title, and most of it has to do with love. God created women to be lovers, and mothers. It was hardwired into their very being, and that's how women feel complete.
Though I know some people would find that out of the norm of our societies viewpoint, and that women are capable of so much more than being a mother. However, I argue with that concept to think that a woman is less when she is a mother, rather than the CEO of a large corporation. The calling to be a mother is so much greater than the latter, and so many women miss out on what a joy it can be to bring up a child.
And still while I and others may have their opponents on this the only people that have ever showed a woman that their role is meaningless have misinterpreted the Bible. When it says, "Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered" (1 Peter 3:7). It is not referring to a woman as being less than a man, but it is alluding to the point that a man must treat his wife, daughter or whomever with the respect that she deserves. Even in Genesis, God never said, "I give you a servant," He told Adam that He was going to give him a "helper".
So when I think of a mother I start thinking of this point that I ought to treat her with so much respect and care that she never wants for anything else than the love of Christ. That is what is meant to flow through me to my wife, or my mother. I can never love my wife enough on my own to love her as she should be loved. And I mess up on this pint much more so than most anything else.
So when I think of a mother I think of a loving woman who cares so much for her children that they praise and admonish her at every chance they get, but also I see a strong woman who is capable of so much more because she can say, "I have raised my children to be women and men for Christ."
So I encourage you like Proverbs 6:20-22 says, "My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you."
This is why I am so thankful for my own mother for bringing me into this world, and also bringing me up in this world. Sure I may have said hurtful things to her in my youth, but as I grew older and understood the lessons that she was teaching to me I knew that it was for the best that she did those things. However, I most thankful for my mother bringing me up to know the Lord, and all that He has provided my family is so much more than I can ever express in words.
So when you think about being thankful for your mother remember all the things she has done for you in the name of God. I can guarantee that she hasn't heard it enough, and that one day is never enough to show your mother that you love her. Praise her before the Lord, your Father, and admonish her in all the corners of this earth as your mother.
Happy Mother's Day.