This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. As I thought about what I wanted to include in this article, I kept returning to a pretty humorous one-liner I once read that went something like this: A mother took her young son out shopping. In one of the stores, a clerk handed the little boy a lollipop. “What do you say, son?” the mother said to the boy; to which the boy replied, “Charge it!” *insert pity laugh here*
It’s always amusing to think about such situations occurring in our own lives. Nevertheless, I think there is an important lesson to be gained here – Mothers, you have a tremendous influence in the lives of your children! In fact, with respect to fathers, I can think of no greater permanent imprint on a life than the one made by mothers.
More than any teacher or coach, more than any minister, more than any friend, more than any movie star, athlete, politician, author, physician, entertainer, or military hero – you are the most influential person in your child’s life! Please never doubt that fact! Your children may seem ungrateful at times; they may act irresponsibly; they may even ignore your reminders or forget your advice. But be sure of this – they can never erase your influence.
Of course, the most important area of life in which you can influence your children is in matters of faith and godliness. Do you remember how the Apostle Paul encouraged his young protégé Timothy at the beginning of his second letter? By reminding him of his mother’s faith influence! “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” 2 Timothy 1:5 (emphasis added). It makes one wonder – would there ever have been a Timothy without a Eunice? Would there ever have been an Isaac without a Sarah? A Samuel without a Hannah? A John without an Elizabeth?
Mothers, please know this: You are great! You are indispensable! Your role as a mother is extraordinary! It’s why we celebrate you this Mother’s Day. But please don’t sell these moments short. This is your time to make the most significant contribution in your child’s life, so make it a good one. And while your children spend time acknowledging you this Sunday, take some time yourself to reflect on the importance and permanence of your imprint upon them. Happy Mother’s Day.