Every generation has an opinion of what it takes to be a good mother. But in this day and age, it is near impossible to feel like a mother is doing an adequate job. Yet, every mother wants to know that she isn’t failing, not for her sake but for her children’s.
The world will never be able to find a mother that can meet its ever-changing, never-ending list of standards.
You could criticize Mary for allowing Christ to be born in a manger. She didn’t wash her baby clothes with hypoallergenic detergent, nor was her nursery Instagram-friendly.
You could be offended by Hannah, whose convictions led her to leave young Samuel at the temple right after being weaned. Talk about abandonment issues!
Oh, and Bathsheba? She became an adulteress and had her son Solomon with the man that killed her former husband. Not quite the healthy family situation to bring a child into.
Moses’s mother was a slave, the ultimate working mother, who dared to believe that raising her son in secret and allowing him to float down a river would be worth it.
None of these mothers had a manual to go by to dictate how to make tough choices. There weren’t mommy blogs to approve of their disciplining style or teach them techniques for sleep training.
Yet, they raised heroes, because heroes aren’t made by perfect mothers. No, heroes are made by mothers covered by God’s grace.
Whether you breastfed or bottle-fed… Whether you are no-screens or screens-friendly… Whether you are a helicopter mom or a free-for-all sort…
Know that being a mother is a call given by God, not a job maintained by qualification. You do not raise amazing children because you have fulfilled all the trendy social expectations of the day. Rather, you raise amazing children because God makes them amazing.
And you can bet that God covers you with grace, because God honors mothers. Why else would Jesus make it a point to take care of his mother, even in his dying moments on the cross? It was soon time to end the suffering of his crucifixion, but He just could not let go until He made sure to tell John, “Here is your mother.” Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived in John’s home for the rest of her life. This was important to God, because mothers are important to Him.
So, here’s to all the mothers that are in the tough business of raising heroes. May you be honored by your family this weekend as much as our dear Lord honors you.
“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 5:16)