As the youngest of three boys, the baby of the Best’s, it’s kinda by default that I am the “Momma’s Boy” of the family (which my two older brothers sometimes remind me of!) Well, I would say for all of us who are able to read this, it’s somewhat true that we all are a “Momma’s Boy or Girl” as each of us came into this world through a mother. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I hope you take the time to communicate some love to your mother.
As I ponder how the Lord has blessed me in life specifically through my mother………what could it be, good looks? Although, I’ve seen my mom’s high school graduation picture and her beautiful looks and great eyes were definitely something that grabbed my dad’s attention shortly thereafter, but my looks (debatable as they may be) are deteriorating with age, so looks aren’t the biggest blessing I needed in life. So what is it? It’s obvious to me that the biggest blessing my mom gave me was her true faith in Jesus Christ, and her way of passing in on to me and my brothers in a consistent manner.
I have kids now too and truly want to ensure they continue in faith, so my pondering on what my mom did for me is quite relevant and a real thing for me to deeply try to understand. Knowing both of my brothers are strong in faith, well past the age of only going to church to make our parents happy, means something must have worked in how my mom did it. Theologically, it’s easy to say that of course, God caused this faith in me regardless of my mom (which is true by the way), but she faithfully played her role, and for this I am so thankful for, and believe I have one of the most wonderful and incredible moms in the world! (She’s my mom, so I can say that about her and you can tell your own mom the same; she’s your mom!)
Just last week, part of the 2 Timothy Scriptures that I shared at LIFT was verse 15 which states, “ And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. In my life, this is true, and my mom played a major role in this truth. (Thanks, Dad for your part too, but this week it’s about Mom’s day!) So just how did she pass on faith in a simple and consistent manner that was so effective? One example came to mind, which I’ll share, but really there was 20 years worth of examples from my mom that shaped me forever to be the man of faith that I am today, and her influence on my adult years is still going on, regardless if we are living a long, long distance apart. I remember at about age 7 or 8 (2nd grade) that I was scared of the dark one night and fearful to fall asleep. My great idea for taking care of this fear was sneaking down the hall and jumping into my middle brother’s bed. Of course, his perspective to this solution was different than mine as he quickly kicked me out and sent me back to my own bed, loudly enough that my mom (who was reading in bed) heard it. She reaffirmed his logic in also telling me to go back to my own room and bed. After sneaking back and repeating this another time or two (I thought my brother had fallen asleep and wouldn’t notice me), she met me in the hallway and turned on the light with her Bible in her hands. She sat down, right there in the hallway and asked what was scaring me. I don’t remember exactly what it was (the dark, the boogey man, etc, etc) but in the end, she opened her Bible and read Psalms 33:18-22, letting me how God is always there for me, watching me, protecting me like a shield and loving me. Later she shared that she didn’t have this verse planned, it just was where she opened her Bible. By the end of the next day, I had this verse memorized “into my heart” and life and even today if I am really scared, or concerned or fearful, I can hear this Word of God (via my mom’s loving way of sharing it) speak and reassure me that yes, my hope and life is in His unfailing love! The verses are below.
Whether you have a great relationship or a strained relationship with your mom, communicate God’s love and your love to your mom this Mother’s Day. Love, especially that of a mother, is from God, just as the Bible says that “God is Love”!
Have a wonderful weekend and see ya at LIFT on Sunday at Vorstadt!
In His grip and grace,
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.