By W. Frank Walton
We are commanded to “honor your…mother”
(Eph 6:2). This imaginary classified ad for a mother
illustrates the great work that good and godly mothers do
day in and day out.
IMMEDIATE OPENING: There is a need for
a Christian woman who has a well-rounded personality to
help nurture children, with the help of an adult male, and
thereby shape the next generation. She must be loving,
patient and understanding, especially with a Christ-like
demeanor. She must demonstrate strength of character and
perseverance under various stressful conditions. This work
requires stamina, involving long hours around the clock.
Applicant must have management skills to multi-task
various demands without going crazy. She must posses
practical nursing skills, dietary expertise, wisdom in
counseling, a knowledge of etiquette, cooking and
custodial ability. The ability to drive is a must in the
transport of children, but no taxi license is required.
She must have some basic knowledge of how to do homework.
Most importantly, she must have the ability to instill
godly virtues, by word and example, into the hearts of
impressionable children. No written test is required.
There is no salary, but the rewards are heavenly.
Mothering is a great work of nurturing
the next generation. “What a mother sings to the cradle
goes all the way down to the coffin” (H. W. Beecher). I
remember a USA Today report several years ago about
crack-drug houses in Chicago, where homeless people lived
like a commune in abandoned buildings. Several police
officers investigated the scene and a little 9 year old
girl ran up and grabbed a female police officer and said,
“Will you be my mommy??”
How touching! There is, in each child,
an inbuilt need for a mother’s love.
For mothers, God’s wants older women to
“admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love
their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good,
obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may
not be blasphemed’ (Titus 2:4-5). Let’s be thankful and
appreciative of the great work these good mothers do.
These queens of the home make it a well-managed haven of
love and virtue (1 Tim 2:14, 5:14).
Proverbs 31 is God’s advertisement for
a worthy mother: “A worthy woman, who can find? For her
worth is far above jewels. Her children rise up and call
her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her…’Charm
is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears
the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the fruit of her
hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates’”
(Prov 31:10,28-31). Abraham Lincoln said, “No man is poor
who had a godly mother.”
- via The Contender, the
weekly bulletin published by the Walnut Grove Church of
Christ in Benton, KY. Kevin Williams preaches for
the congregation. He may be contacted through the
church's website: http://walnutgrovechurchofchrist.org/