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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Your Mother...Seriously.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. - John 19:26-27 ESV

To Mothers, Wives, and The Rising Generations...

As I meditate on the verses above I am struck with humility when I see the care and concern that Jesus had for his mother's safety and well-being. Even within the agonizing pain and torture that he was going through, he wanted to make sure that his mother was going to be taken care of. May we all have the same fervor and vigilance toward the women who raise us in our formative years. In a society where being considered a "momma's boy" is a slander, in the light of Scripture we will find a different perspective. Men should indeed be momma's boys!! We should love our mothers to death. And there's a good reason for this; the further implications of it go beyond just the woman who birthed us into the world.

A friend of mine reminded me last week, "How a man treats his mother mirrors how he will treat his wife". She's exactly right. Caring for your wife and children will not be like flipping a switch. These are things that have to be cultivated. So as I talk about giving honor to the ladies on this day, I have to take time out to say a word to the men:

Remember this above everything else--the dynamic of relationships are not independent from one another. Love your mothers, wives, daughters and sisters in a manner that is glorifying to God. Show them their equality and uniqueness in the way that you love and protect them. Strive to reflect Christ's love for them in everything that you do.

The Honors

To my mother, who raised me in the statutes of the Lord--Thank you for showing we the way to righteousness. It's my turn now...

To my Grandmother and Aunt (as well as cousins, great aunts)--They say it takes a village to raise a child...it must have been really hard work raising the village idiot! Thank You...

And Last but certainly not least,

To CJ--regardless of all the chaos that's been, you'll make a great wife and mother, Lord willing. Thanks for being there and making me braver than I ever thought I could be. You're a gift from God...I don't tell you that enough. This song's for you:

John Mayer - "Daughters"

Luv Ya!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. - Genesis 3:20 ESV

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet nightand provides food for her householdand portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strengthand makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poorand reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gateswhen he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her householdand does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. - Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. - 1 Corinthians 11:11-12 ESV

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. - 1 Timothy 1:5 ESV

Soli Deo Gloria,


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