Total chaos! Mothers are essential to society, they have an arduous task of teaching, caring and loving. As such, they have a strong influence on their children and their love is incomparable. The characteristics of a good mother reinforce the woman’s structure as a whole, which is possible to notice even when she plays other roles as a professional or wife.
I believe that being a mother is a tremendous profession, because with the day to day it is necessary to manage crises, to be a nurse, a teacher, a psychologist, a chef, an economist, and we could include in this list a series of other professions. My mother always used a very nice term to describe what motherhood is, which is to be a PhD in Human Development.
In addition, many mothers, if not most nowadays, are included in the labor market, having to do a real multiplication of their time. We see so many mothers who don’t even have time for themselves and I’m not here to romanticize this, but just the opposite, as a daughter, I want to remind other children the importance of valuing their mothers not only on a business day, but all year round and this includes being obedient, the greatest proof of love.
The virtuous woman
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.Proverbs 31:10-31
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
The text from Proverbs, presents many characteristics not only of a mother, but of a virtuous woman, do you know anyone with these characteristics? I have the honor of knowing some women like that, among them are my mother, grandmothers, friends, co-workers and many others. I see in them the true meaning of what it is to be an empowered woman, a term so often used nowadays, because these are women full of faith, wisdom and who know their value as daughters of God.
But going back to mothers, many scholars say that during early childhood, that is, up to six years old, the child’s character is already 75% shaped. Therefore, their way of loving, acting, scolding and speaking have a great interference in their children and a wise mother raises wise children who are a source of pride to her and not of shame. As it is written in Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Of course each person has a personality, sometimes two children raised by the same mother can be completely different, but certainly those who are instructed in the right way will be good people. It is important to point out that children are a reflection of their parents, there is no point in wanting them to have a certain behavior if you have another. Mothers and fathers are the main example for a child.
Mother’s Day is a day to honor all those who play this very important role, whether they are biological mothers, adoptive mothers, grandmothers, or aunts. Congratulations to all of you who teach and dedicate so much. May God bless each one of you, giving you wisdom, discernment, and a lot of patience! Know that your work is valued and you are very much loved by the Lord.
Now a message to the children: do you honor your mother? Remember that obedience is one of the greatest gifts, that your care for her is not only for this Sunday, but for the whole year. To conclude I leave here the passage from Ephesians 6:1-4: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’-this is the first commandment with promise-‘so that everything may go well for you and that you may have long life on earth. Parents, do not anger your children; but bring them up according to the instruction and counsel of the Lord.”
God bless you!
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