Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.
I know that there are many mixed emotions about this holiday.
Some people don’t care for such days, I think primarily because they either feel it’s “fake” or contrived, or because they feel that mothers should always be appreciated.
I have to agree with the second reason, but to me, just like so many other holidays and traditions (such as Christmas, Easter, and even meal-time prayers), it’s sometimes good to set aside a special day or time to focus on celebrating an important event or blessing someone special.
For this reason, I think that Mother’s Day is a great day to pull out all the stops and really make mom feel special.
Before I continue, let me also point out that some folks dislike Mother’s Day because they have pain associated with such a holiday. It could be the pain of losing a mother, grief over not being able to bear children, or the devastation of losing their own child. There may even be those who have been hurt so badly by a mother that celebrating just doesn’t seem possible.
My heart goes out to these people, and I believe we need to be very sensitive to those around us who are hurting or for whom this holiday causes discomfort.
But for most of us, I believe that Mother’s Day can be a positive celebration to honor the mothers in our lives.
For this Mother’s Day I’d like to list some simple reasons for taking special care of mothers.
Why We Should Take Care of Mom on Mother’s Day:
1. It’s the right thing to do.
The Bible instructs us to honor our parents (Ephesians 6:2). Proverbs 31:28 states,
“Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her”,
and verse 31 reads,
“Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”
Even if you’re not a Bible follower, I’m sure you feel the responsibility to give respect and appreciation to the one who brought you into this world.
Come on, now. If you’ve given birth yourself you know exactly what I mean. (Unless you’re one of the few extremely rare ones who say it didn’t hurt or that you didn’t realize you were in labor….and I am in no way jealous.) If not, have you ever seen a live birth or even a video of one…..or perhaps a fabricated, yet vivid television portrayal of a woman giving birth? Need I say more? (Thankfully, I won’t post pictures!)
Your mother welcomed you into this world at great discomfort to herself and with great travail. The least you can do is buy her some flowers or chocolate and a card!
Seriously though, my perspective on what my own mother did for me changed dramatically, immediately after giving birth to my first child.
3. Mothers sacrifice regularly, often neglecting to care for themselves.
Mothers spend a good deal of their waking hours and energy caring for their children and families. They’re created to nurture, and it often comes at the expense of rest or care for themselves. Mother’s Day is a great time to set a precedent for taking special care of mom, and allowing her to have the rest and enjoyment she deserves.
4. We are teaching our children to respect and honor their parents.
As we read in the above Bible verses that mothers are to be honored (see point #1), it’s our responsibility to teach our children and the next generation to respect and care for their parents. We also need to model this type of godly behavior for our kids.
5. Focusing on mothers reminds us not to be selfish.
Any time we take the focus off of our ourselves and our own concerns in order to celebrate and bless someone else, it reminds us that we are not the center of the universe. It’s healthy to learn to care for and be sensitive to others, and in so doing we will gain a larger perspective than just that which concerns us.
You may already be aware of the many reasons to celebrate moms, but I hope this gave you a little more to think about. I pray that you may enjoy either being a mother and/or celebrating the mothers in your life.
If you cannot celebrate Mother’s Day for personal reasons, I totally respect that. If you’re one of the few who has been wronged by a mother, I’m so sorry for that injustice, but suggest that you seek help (if needed), and chose forgiveness. You will only hurt yourself if you continue to hold on to the pain that was bestowed upon you. May God heal and help you.
If you’re one of the ones for whom Mother’s Day reminds you of a personal loss, perhaps you can do something special for yourself and/or find someone else with whom to enjoy the day. Perhaps the pain will lesson as you surround yourself with those you love. May God give you comfort and peace.
Whatever your situation, I pray that you have a blessed Mother’s Day!
How does your family celebrate Mother’s Day? Can you think of some new ways to bless and encourage the mothers in your life?