Happy Mother’s Days to all of you who are either mothers, or mother figures.
Being a mom is hard work. I know. At times, you may feel like a giant Gumby doll, stretched in all directions at once.
Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of May every year in America. It originated in 1908. Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, then began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States.
Although her efforts to establish Mother’s Day in 1914, Ms. Jarvis was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s.
Moms have a lot of responsibility. One of the most important responsibilities, I believe, is to train up a child in the way he or she should go. And when they are old, they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) That training is based on Biblical principles.
Another side of what I believe is a mom’s responsibility, is to pass down wisdom in the form of what we tell our children. For instance, how many of you have heard, If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all? It wasn’t just Walt Disney’s Thumper, who said this.
One thing I remember my mom saying, which until the day she died at 95-years-old, still believed was truth … Don’t go outside with a wet head. You’ll catch a cold, pneumonia, get sick.
Here are some others I remember.
How many times do I have to tell you?
Get that hair out of your eyes.
Get down from there before you break your neck.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times!
I asked Pie what bits of wisdom he remembers me telling him. Here’s what he said.
Don’t sit so close to the television.
Clean your room.
Direct, and to the point.
So, what about you? What are some things you remember your mother telling you? What are some things you remember telling your children? I’d love to hear.
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Bring up a child by teaching him the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn away from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NLV)
I wish you well.
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