Today is Mother’s Day, and it is a day set aside to celebrate Mothers all over the world. With almost all holidays, some people don’t want to celebrate this day and dread seeing it come around each year. It is a day filled with pain, anger, and grief for those who feel this way. My sister and I talked about this issue, and she made a great point that I want to share with all of you. We celebrate “Mothers’ Day” because of what good mothers represent.
We have a great mother, and I am blessed that she is still alive and reading this post today. Sadly, some of you reading this won’t be able to say the same thing. Some people aren’t cut out to be mothers, and the children born to these women don’t celebrate Mother’s Day. It is hard for me to understand since I have never experienced this, but some women are abusive to their children, either physically or mentally. I know people who don’t speak to their mothers and haven’t for years. Why would they want to celebrate the person who was supposed to be the mom on the Hallmark cards when she was nothing like that?
Some of you had great mothers, but they have already passed away, and this day brings you grief over your loss. I can empathize with you, but since I haven’t experienced your pain, I don’t know really what that feels like. I’m sure you have lots of beautiful memories of your mother, and I hope and pray those memories bring you great joy.
There is another group of women who don’t look forward to Mother’s Day. These are the modern-day Sarai or Sarah’s who desperately wanted children but couldn’t conceive. For them, this is a painful reminder that they never got to be a mother and were never called mom. Sarah eventually got to experience becoming a mother, and she was named a mother of nations, but everyone doesn’t have a happy ending.
We all have in common the “idea” of what makes a great mother. If you had, or still have, a wonderful mother, then you know the great qualities they possessed. The same goes for those whose mother was not ideal; you know the qualities you desperately wanted your mother to have, even if she was incapable of them. For those who never experienced motherhood, that doesn’t mean that you don’t know what a wonderful mom would have looked like.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
This verse isn’t about mothers; it is about love. But, I can’t think of mothers without thinking of love. Love is the one quality that we want all mothers to have. Kindness, patience, protectiveness, nurturing, and being someone we could turn to when hard times come are qualities that a good mother would have.
The qualities of a good mother are qualities that everyone can strive for, even if you had a horrible mother or never experienced motherhood. In a perfect world, those who have longed to be a mother could be a friend/mother to the person who had a crappy mother. What if we all projected those excellent qualities on nieces, cousins, neighborhood children, or even children we meet for only a few minutes in an elevator or on a bus ride? Could we make a difference in someone’s life?
For those celebrating Mother’s Day, I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and laughter. For those who aren’t a fan of this day, maybe we can find a way to make the world a better place by adopting the qualities of a good mother and spreading them around.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!