Mother’s Day reminds me of the importance of values, traditions and role modeling. What values do we teach our children every day? What traditions do we deem important enough to observe with our children? What are we doing to shape their lives? For me, faith, family and fun are important values to teach.
- Faith—spend a minute at mealtime to pray. Go to church. Thank God for being together and show gratitude.
- Family— celebrate, honor and respect loved ones by spending quality time together.
- Fun—do something that everyone enjoys and laugh.
Traditions are keepsake memories we are creating when we share special times together. I choose these moments and activities to carve time with my family. Whether it’s Family Fridays, nighttime reading, prayer at mealtime or going to a resort annually, my boys will have traditions and memories that I hope they continue with their families.
Although there are times I get impatient and call on grace to get me on track, I know in my heart I am doing the best that I can. I realize the importance of setting a good example for my boys because I am the most important woman in their lives. I want to show them how to be treated and how to treat others—with dignity, respect, compassion and love.
Eve, you are doing the best you can and more. By being intentional you become faithful to your role as mother. It is no longer a title because you gave birth; it is a vocation, a ministry of love that will bless the world.
You have received a call to be a mother and have responded with your “yes.” It was an invitation to bring Jonathan and David into the world. As a sacred instrument or vessel you helped nourish them into life. The physical essence was observed when you held them in your arms. That was only the beginning which was “being done to you” as you carried them in your womb, a great mystery of the Divine at work within you.
Once you entered into labor, the exchange started happening from things being done to you, to you taking a bigger role and responsibility for these two precious lives. It is similar to the MichaelAngelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel where God touches Adam giving him life and knowledge. God is trusting you with the lives of his children into your hands. You have a great role to help raise them and mold them until the second exchange takes place when you trust them to go out and be responsible for their own lives.
The call of motherhood is a special role. This vocation has two calls. The world is calling out or crying out for help. God hears it and knows whom he wants to send. Jonathan and David are first conceived in the mind and heart of God. He then called you to bring his creative, loving, compassion, to answer his people’s cry, to life. They are not here by accident. Everyone’s life is God’s infinite longing to express his enormous love in the world. This is what your values, traditions and memories will help Jonathan and David do. You are nurturing the heart of God in them so that the heart of God can touch and breathe life and love as Jonathan and David encounter and touch the heart of God’s people.
Eve, it is wise that you are intentional as a mother. God trusts you. Your desire to care for your sons is your gift back to God. And God said, “This is my beloved daughter with whom I am well pleased.” Let these words seep into your soul as you continue doing the will of God with great love.