People talk about jobs having benefits. Pretty much every full-time employment has benefits – insurance, bonuses, maybe a paid vacation, sick leave. Not to mention the prestige of some vocations, the admiration from others, the bragging rights.
There is only one real full-time job, however. Not forty hours a week, not sixty, but 168 hours per week, or as they say, 24/7. What is that job? It’s motherhood. Motherhood doesn’t come with insurance, bonuses, sick leave, or paid holidays. It doesn’t get a lot of prestige or admiration – at least not often enough.
But on Mother’s Day, a mom gets a bit of recognition for her love and sacrifices … and she deserves every bit of the gratitude she receives on this special day.
After all, Mother’s Day shouldn’t just be about Mother’s Day. What I mean is, it’s important to honor and appreciate what mothers do all year long and not assume that a card and flowers one day a year is going to cut it. Of course, you probably do far more for your mom than that, but the truth is, no child can ever fully repay his or her mother for the care, time, and sacrifices she has made over the years in loving and raising that child.
In a small way, it’s kind of related to the way we can never repay the love of Christ, given freely. We can just accept it in gratitude and do our best to love God and others, pouring out the love we have received from Him.
Maybe, while you’re reading this, you’re having a hard time connecting. Perhaps your mother was not a part of your life for some reason. Perhaps an aunt or grandmother, or even an older sister, filled that role in your life. Well, Mother’s Day is not only for biological mothers; “give honor to whom honor is due,” (Romans 13:7) regardless of who you think of when you hear the term “mother”.
And if you are a mother … thank you! We love you, we appreciate you, and we can never repay all that you have done. We only hope that we can pay it forward by loving and caring for others who come across our path.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us mothers. Thank You for that vital role they play – often the first to teach us by words and by example what Your love is like. Thank You also for sisters, grandmothers, aunts, and all those who fill that role of mothers. Bless all the mothers today and let them know how deeply they are cherished. ❤️