Magnificent Mothers


     Mothers make a difference in ways that are realized across a broad expanse of time. They shape our childhoods, mold our adolescence and monitor our progress as we mature.

   Magnificent mothers shape our childhoods. They teach us how to do the fundamentals of hygiene – like “Wash there too.” They explain the rudiments of remedies – like “Kiss it and it will feel better.” Great mothers instill the basics of behavior – like “Share,” “Don’t hit,” and “Say thank you.” They teach us our first lessons about Christ. Lessons taught by wonderful mothers make a difference. Mother’s teaching largely determines how the child, and ultimately the adult, will make his way through life. 

  Magnificent mothers mold our early adolescence. They engage the inquisitiveness that comes with our inexperience, pacify the questions that accompany puberty and mold our minds to fit the demands of our evolving bodies. Mother’s teaching during this phase of our lives regulates our resourcefulness and educates us without telling us more than we need to know.   

     Magnificent mothers monitor our progress as we mature. They evaluate our ability to care for ourselves and place emphasis on areas where we are not yet up to speed. They critique our character, appraise our acumen and evaluate our outlook on life. Mothers assess our appetite for life as an adult and pour in the necessary ingredients to tempt our “taste buds.”

     Even after we “launch” from their homes, magnificent mothers continue to guide us along our newly-found way. How to pay our bills, how to negotiate a better deal and many more lessons are freely given – just as they were when we were children. During our adulthood they help us learn to care for our children. Then, if never before, we realize just how magnificent are our mothers.

     Thank God for magnificent mothers who make a difference in our lives across the expanse of time. No wonder God blesses them in childrearing (I Timothy 2:15). May God bless the Schrader Lane Church of Christ.  

Robert Gardenhire