Today is Mother's Day. All across this country, and I imagine for several of you here this morning, mom's received calls from their children telling them how much that they love them. Many mothers got breakfast in bed. Others received handmade cards from their children still living at home and for many they will be treated by their husbands to a relaxing day. Dad's will be taking the wives out to dinner or making dinner themselves. They might even get the kids out of the house so that mom can have that nice aroma therapy bath she has been dreaming about over the last couple of months, but never had the time for because the children demand so much of her time. And still others will be visiting gravesides today. They will be thinking about how much they love their moms even though their moms are no longer around. Often times thinking about what they would do if mom was still here, or what they would say if mom were still around. I love Mother's Day. As I kid, I loved being able to do something special for my mom. As I married man, I love watching my children shower their mom with special trinkets that show their love for her. I love “pampering” my wife on Mother's Day, showing her all how much I appreciate all that she has done for our family. However, we need to remember that showing her how much we appreciate her needs to be done more regularly than once a year. Think about it like this. How often do you show God how much you appreciate what He has done for you? I know for many in our world that might just be twice a year. For some, Christmas and Easter is all that they need to do to show God how much that they love them. However, Paul teaches us that we ought to be regularly giving God thanks. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances (Phil. 5:16-18).” In our praying without ceasing we ought to be giving thanks to God for giving us reasons to rejoice. Thank Him daily for every spiritual blessing He has given us in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3). Of course, most of us that are here today know that showing God how much we appreciate all that He has done for us is a daily thing. Now, I want you to take that knowledge and apply it to your love for your mothers. Earlier I mentioned how some of us will be spending this day reflecting back upon a mother's love that we no longer can experience. I encourage you to make certain that one that day you end up reflecting upon your relationship with your mother, you will not be living with regrets. This means that you ought to find time to show your mother how much you appreciate her more than once a year. (By all means doing something special for her on Mother's Day, but don't wait till Mother's Day to do it). Call her up on a Thursday just to tell her you miss her and love her. Send her flowers just because. Get up early and make her breakfast (and clean up afterwards). Do the dishes for her after dinner. However it is that you express your love to your mother, do it today, do it tomorrow, do it on a random Tuesday. But do it for there will be a day when you no longer will be able to. I am firmly convinced that more moms wouldn't feel burned out so much if their husbands and children didn't think that their mom has to be Superwoman all day long, every day. Moms should not be slaves in their homes, cooking all the meals, doing all the dishes, cleaning all the laundry, cleaning up after the daily (or hourly) messes the children (and sometimes husband) makes, and being the children's chauffeur as she buses them to school, sporting events, music recitals, friends houses, etc. AND for many of the moms out there, maintaining a full time job because she and her husband cannot keep the bills paid on one income. The Supermom (or commonly called Soccer mom) certainly deserve the praise. My mom was this person. She did everything. She loved doing it. But, that doesn’t mean that we should have let her do everything all the time. Too often, Dads/Husbands come home, turn the TV on and zone out until dinner is ready and then zone out again until it is time to go to bed. Dads, husbands, turn the TV off and work with her. To this day, while she is now gone, I still recall my grandmother having the cleanest home, the nicest garden, the most beautiful flowers, and the tastiest food. I often talk about her talents. But, you know what, grandpa was by her side cooking, cleaning, and gardening. She wasn't a single superhero. They were a team. Why did he do this? He loved her. Dads, children, go do the same.
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