The Role: God gave one to Mothers

I was challenged to write this by my Dad…

When we couldn’t care for ourselves, our mothers cared for us. Before we could walk, she walked with us. Before we could speak, she spoke for us. Our mothers gave that to us. For that reason alone we should show them respect. But for those of us who had godly Christian mothers, we have an even deeper sense of thankfulness.

John Wanamaker was one of America’s most successful merchants. Someone asked him one day, “Mr. Wanamaker, what was your most glorious hour in life?” Without hesitation, he answered. “It was when I was a child, and my mother took my two baby hands and folded them in prayer as she pointed me to God.”

I once heard it said that behind every great man is a woman. And yet, behind every lesser man there can be a woman too.  The role of a mother is a supporting role. That is the way God wrote her into this script of life.  When we see men today that are still being carried in their mother’s arms and spoken for by their mother’s voice, we can readily recognize that their mothers took on “The
Lead.”  Women aren’t leaders, they are supporters. Mother’s aren’t leaders, they’re supporters. They help; They never let us walk alone; And, they always point us to “the Father.” This is the role of a mother; a beautiful role that we see too little of anymore.

So, what does it mean to be a mother? In scripture God gives a beautiful picture of what this means.

Proverbs 31:25-30
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

This passage is a wonderful portrait of a mother committed to God: gracious in her relationships, savvy and integrity-filled in her professional life, and righteous in her behavior. It is in this passion for God and her family that she finds her role. A mother’s best definition is; a supporter.

A mother’s role is challenged by things that would bend, and warp that role. Her desire to be the voice of her family; to be the moral compass of her family; and her desire to be the guide for her family; These desires, all too often, lead to her envying her husbands position and the role God designed only a man‘s heart and emotions for. The Bible praises the beauty of a woman’s gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight[1 Peter 3:4]. A mother must know she best thrives when supporting the father, and that her children are best equipped when she supports them.

God made it so simple. He leads fathers so that they can be leaders and supports mothers so that they can be supporters. Think of a child who is both led by his father and supported by his mother! This child will step into our jaded world dreaming, knowing who he is and what he can do, passionate for truth and unyielding to lies; he will have had been given the greatest legacy we parents can give, and all because two people delighted to live out the roles God had asked of them. A child who is both led by his father and supported by his mother will know how to be a led and supported by God.

God’s message for mother’s, and all authority’s is the same. He made it simple; live out your role. “For all those in authority, live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:2

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