Mothering, like commandment-keeping in our day, has fallen on hard times. Some have even questioned the need for mothering. Motherhood is deplored by many and considered ancient and barbaric. Many have shifted the responsibility of rearing their own flesh and blood to anyone or anything that will accept it. The harvest is not a pretty sight to behold.
A great debt is owed to mothers who have sought to meet the responsibilities God has placed on them. We have to appreciate the women who have longed for the privilege to bring life into the world. They go into the jaws of death with love and desire to be mothers (Genesis 30:1). Notice with me the invaluable, influential, and ideal mother.
The Invaluable Mother: A godly mother's value is beyond estimation. She is priceless. She will be virtuous, and her price is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10). Of all jobs women do, the task of mother is probably as important as any and more important than most. It would be hard to overstate the power for good and evil in motherhood. Notice the following quotes:
1. "All that I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother" (Abraham Lincoln).
2. "The mother's heart is the child's school room" (Henry Ward Beecher).
3. "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world" (John Gray).
4. "Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall, a mother's secret love outlives them all" (Oliver Wendell Holmes).
5. "The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother" (Napoleon)
Mothers have an average of less than twenty years to mold and train their children. All of it is needed. Feminists may devalue the importance of mothers, but God does not. You will never fill a role of greater importance than bearing children, guiding and shaping their lives, and being keepers of the home (1 Timothy 2:1; 1 Timothy 5). Do not fail God and sin against your children by failing in this most important role (Genesis 42:22).
The Influential Mother: Ezekiel 16:44 speaks of the influence of mothers in the statement "like mother, like daughter" Mothers just may be the most influential people on earth. Mothers do not serve as elders, deacons, evangelists, or heads of families, but they are often much more influential. You are good examples of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13,14). Be careful in every way not to offend one of the little ones (Matthew 18). One would do well to study the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. She, no doubt, exerted great influence upon His actions from a lad to the cross. Many people draw strength and courage from their mother even long after she has died. She, like Abel of old, though dead, yet continues to speak (Hebrews 11:4). Her works will follow after death (Revelation 14:13).
The Ideal Mother: Certainly not all mothers are ideal. They are not models for imitation. This is also sad. Some mothers need to make changes, and I pray they will. Ideal mothers long for motherhood like Rachel and Hannah. They exemplify courage like Jochebed. They stand by their children as Mary did for Jesus. They teach their children the scriptures and instill faith in them like Lois and Eunice did for Timothy. They are righteous and walk in daily obedience like Elizabeth. Such mothers give the gift of love, set a good example, teach faith in God, discipline, make the home a refuge, and prepare those children for life and eternity.
We commend all godly mothers for what you have done, are doing, and will do. May the Lord bless.