Mother’s Day is just one of those man-made holidays that seem hard to just pass over. I mean, who does not love their mother, right? God really gave you a great gift if you had a godly mother. As I was trying to think through what I could do to honor my mother this year I started thinking about all the things she passed on to me. While I could name a myriad of godly qualities, there are five lessons that I learned by example through her life that stick out more than others.
Have a Love for the Lord:
There is nothing more important in my mother’s life than her relationship with the Lord. She loves Him so. She would often speak of Him, when I was a child, with such reverence but also intimacy. She loves him so much, that she knew it to be her chief duty to pass it on to her children. No matter what has happened in her life, even in great tragedy, her resolve and love for the Lord has never waned. This is the most important lesson she passed on to my brother and I; to always love the Lord and have Him preeminent in our lives.
Have a Love for Your Family:
Second only to her love for the Lord is her love for her family. She and my father decided it was best for her to stay home with my brother and me until we were old enough to go to school. After we started our formal education she went to work so as to help provide for the family economy. No matter how hard she worked, she (and my father) was always there for all of me and my brother’s sporting events, which were many since I played 3 sports. Not only was she there for sporting events, but for everything else in my life as well. She always took a deep interest in the things of my life. She would deny things that she might want to do so as to be able to provide for my brother, father, and I. She loves her family, and she would do anything for us. She is a beautiful example of what it means to love your family.
Have a Love for Your Local Church:
I cannot remember a time in my life when my parents were not active in serving within the church. My mother taught Sunday school, directed the youth, taught the youngest of children in Mission Friends class, and as a family we would clean the church each week. She believes in serving the Lord through serving the church. Any time the doors of the church were open, our family was there. This is something that she and my father have passed down to me as well. I don’t just love the church because I am paid by it, but because it was instilled into me at a young age that if I was part of the bride of Christ, then I was to also serve her. To this day my Mom serves her church faithfully, and I thank her for helping to place that desire in me.
Have a Sacrificial Heart:
As is true for many godly women, my mother is one who is willing to sacrifice her time, talent, and treasures for the sake of the Lord and her family. Almost to a fault at times, my mother didn’t (and still does not) know how to say “no” when it came to helping others. I have seen her out to all hours of the night preparing the church for a special service, or helping a person who was in need. While she never neglected my father or us boys, she was always willing to sacrifice whatever was needed to bring glory to God and build the Kingdom. Her sacrifice hasn’t gone unnoticed. It is like her heart is simply shaped with this disposition, and for that I am grateful.
Have a Love for Godly Music:
The Lord blessed my family with a love for music. All four of us enjoy(ed) singing and playing instruments. Now while The Eagles or the Credence Clearwater Revival could sometimes be heard blaring from our windows, more often than not it was some type of Christian music. One of my earliest memories is traveling with my parents and their Christian quartet, The Woodlandairs, to different churches on the weekends playing Southern Gospel Music. While my taste for Southern Gospel Music has never been too great, singing some of the great hymns of our faith that my mother would often sing around the house and at church is deeply rooted in my being. Both my father and my mother established in me a love for godly music, and while I strayed from it through much of my teen years, the memories of it never left me, and would once again captivate me in my 20’s and do still today. A love for music, but more importantly music that honored God, is a gift and a life lesson my mother passed on to me that is invaluable.
While Mother’s Day is a special day when we remember our Moms, it is also a day to look back on the lessons that they have taught us. I hope the Lord blesses me with another 30 years with my mother, however, if the Lord was to take her home today, she would leave me with enough of a legacy to last two life-times. This list of lessons is not unique to my mother only I am sure, but how thankful I am that it is true of this woman that I will always simply just call “Mom”. I thank the Lord for mothers who love the Lord so much that they have no greater job on earth than to pass that love on to their children. Thank you mom for doing so with your children.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Adam B. Burrell