Recently I came across the following in a message illustration file…
‘My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
My mother taught me religion. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
My mother taught me logic. “Because I said so, that’s why.”
My mother taught me more logic. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
My mother taught me irony. “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
My mother taught me about the science of osmosis. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
My mother taught me about stamina. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
My mother taught me about weather. “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
My mother taught me about hypocrisy. “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
My mother taught me about envy. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
My mother taught me about anticipation. “Just wait until your father gets home.”
My mother taught me medical advice. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”
My mother taught me humor. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
My mother taught me about my roots. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
My mother taught me wisdom. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
My mother taught me about justice. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.”’
Did you enjoy those sayings? Perhaps your mother spoke some of these things to you too!
Today, thank the Lord for your mother. Determine to show her honor and respect. Recall and remember the instruction she gave to you. There are many serious lessons she taught you during your childhood. Some were verbal lessons while many were demonstration lessons given in everyday life.
Much of how you act, behave, speak, and even what you accomplish in life has been impacted by your mother. Don’t forsake the lessons she gave. Take them with you.
Proverbs 1:8-9 says, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”
Mom, I love you. Thank you for the life lessons!