My “Southern-ness” has often fallen under question because I don’t like sweet tea, tomatoes from the garden, potato salad, or coleslaw. But I do love my momma…and that should more than compensate for my short-comings. As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, let me pause and say a huge word of thanks to all the mommas out there. Let me also say a word of thanks to all the ladies out there who may not be mommas, but they sure love and care for others just like a momma. You are loved and special as well.
As I reflect on the special mommas in my life, I am immediately reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:5, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” I love this verse, and it’s the theme of many a pastor’s sermon on Mother’s Day weekend. I think about my grandmother, Earlene, and my mother, Janet. My grandmother served in preschool Sunday School for over 50 years. She taught three generations of 4 and 5 year old children that grew up in First Baptist Church of Corning, Arkansas. My mom, Janet, served alongside of her many of those years. In the last few years, my mom “retired” from preschool and took up another mission area—playing the piano for the nursing home Sunday School class. They spend 20 minutes in the Alzheimer’s wing before crossing the facility and spending another 30 minutes in the standard wing. Mom has often commented that, especially in the Alzheimer’s unit, the residents could be completely quiet, but once a familiar hymn starts playing, they suddenly burst out singing the lyrics and chorus—word for word. Another example of the amazing mind that God created within us. Hiding His Word in our heart will always come to fruition.
While our Sunday School lesson this week isn’t specifically about mothers, I can certainly see the similarities. As Paul opens Romans 12, he states, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” He goes on later in verses 9-21 to identify what offering yourself as a sacrifice looks like practically. In some translations, verses 9-21 are entitled, “Love in Action.” As I studied those verses this week, I couldn’t help but be reminded how much my grandmother and mother were reflected in the Scripture.
I know I’m lucky to have a Lois and Eunice…or in my case an Earlene and Janet. Maybe your situation is different. Perhaps when you read Romans 12, your relationship with your grandmother and mother don’t seem to come to mind. Rather than becoming frustrated or angry about a past relationship, why not do something different? Commit today, that you will be that living sacrifice. You will demonstrate love in action. Become Romans 12. When your friends and family read those verses, be determined that they will see that Scripture evidenced in your life. It’s never too late to start a new tradition.
From a self-proclaimed momma’s boy, Happy Mother’s Day!