Mothers are some of the most underappreciated people in our lives. This is sad because there are many moms that deserve “mom of the year” award.
My mother is someone I admire, love, and respect. She is my mother, friend, mentor, safe haven, and prayer warrior. No matter how many times I hurt her, she is quick to love me in return. Without my mother, I would not be the man I am today. She has shown me what it means to love.
Listening to someone is a difficult skill to learn. There have been multiple times I needed someone to talk to and she was the first one to listen. She listens, validates where I’m at, and gives encouragement. Her empathic heart breaks when she sees me in pain. She cries at my struggles more than I do! Her actions and words are fueled by a heart genuinely in love with her son and the Lord.
If there is anything I have learned from my mother, it is how to love. Many times, we love because we get something in return. We sometimes love others so they think more highly of us, or because they will give us something in return. Regardless, genuine love is hard to come by. My mom’s love for me is the most genuine, heart-felt, and expressive love I have ever experienced. It manifests itself in many different ways. She never worshipped me, but worshipped God. This meant doing difficult things for my benefit. She would discipline me, speak truth into my life, say “no” at times, let me learn from experience, and guide me through difficult times. She didn’t allow the fear of me not liking her override her desire to please the Lord. At times I saw her love as an act of neglect, anger, disappointment, and selfishness. Looking back I now realize that the times she disciplined me, said “no”, and told me what I needed to hear even when I didn’t want to hear it, weren’t the times she lacked love, but were the times her love was most present and active. She loved me unconditionally even in the times I rejected that love. And at times when she saw I needed to grow, she didn’t rely on her love to change me, but loved me by allowing Christ to change me. What a profound love!
Today is a special day to celebrate all that our mothers do for us. Let’s thank them for all they have done, are doing, and will continue to do. Let your mother know how much she means to you, it goes a long way. To all the mothers out there we wish you a happy Mother’s Day. To my mom, happy Mother’s Day, I love you.