This is the first time in 45 years of life that I will not see my mom on Mother’s Day. It is also the first time in 11 years that I will not be with my wife on mother’s day. School is to blame for this unfortunate turn of events but, as always, they understand and love me anyway. I thought I would write a few thoughts about something God has truly blessed me with and as a result I hope this is a blessing to them and to all of the moms in my hemisphere.
When I think about moms, I can’t separate my mom and my wife. They are both tied together in my life as my mom, well is my mom…and my wife is the mother of my children. So below are some things they have in common and I reap the blessings from it.
- I know Jesus because of them. My mom has prayed for me everyday, I’m pretty sure, for my entire life. Her prayers probably make up 90% of the reason I came to know Christ. I just think God became worn out with it all. Seriously my mom and wife epitomize what “Christlikeness” means. My relationship with Jesus is stronger because of them. I love my Jesus lovers.
- She is a protector. They have both protected our family in every way. They have fought battles for me many I have never seen. My wife has done the same for my children. God has placed them here to watch over me and I am better for it. I love my protectors.
- She is an advocate. My mom and my wife are my biggest fan. They have championed my name when many have not and they have supported my decisions the good and the bad all in the name of support. They have been in my corner when frankly I have thought they shouldn’t. They fight for what’s right and they don’t back down from the call of Christ. I love my advocates.
- She is a servant leader. I would challenge anyone to find two people more caring then my mom and my wife. They both constantly put the needs of others before themselves. I cannot imagine all my mom has sacrificed in the name of her sons, and I know what my wife has sacrificed for her husband. People seek advice from them and listened to their instruction. The lead from a place of humility and grace, listening to the needs of others and guiding the way. I love my servant leaders.
- She is a comforter. Both of these ladies have the ability to make the bad feel ok. My mom has been through some tough times — she has had to attend the funerals of her brother, mom, dad, sister and my dad’s dad, brother and mom. Through it all SHE has been the one everyone turns to for comfort. My wife is the one we all turn to when things are rough. Make no mistake about it, when things are not going well in my house the words, “I want mommy” win out. I love my comforters.
- She is a provider. These two ladies have provided so much to so many for so long. They both see the need to help keep others going. The encouragement, love, grace and mercy they both exhibit is Christlike in every form. They have provided me with both encouragement and correction exactly when I needed it. I have listened and it is partly why God has had mercy on me. I love my providers.
I could write a lot more but I think I will save the rest for when I see them in person. The fact that God blessed me with two women who contain many of the same Christlike qualities gives me hope that He must have a great plan in store for me. It is because of this I strive to be the best son and husband I can be every day.
I pray that your relationship with your mom and wife is the same and if it’s not repair, reconcile or do whatever you need to do to make it so. Let your mom and wife know how much you appreciate and love them.