How Do You Honor a Mother Who Has Not Been the Model Mother?


by Kelly Boggs

While moms deserve appreciation much more than once a year, Mother’s Day provides a special opportunity for children to say, “Thanks Mom, I Love you!”

You might ask, “What if my mother is not like the one described on the Mother’s Day cards?  Sadly, not all moms fulfill their roles as admirable as the cards describe.  However, the Bible instructs us to honor our mothers.  That means we are to treat them with dignity and respect.

How do you honor a mom that has not been the model mother?  Jesus said that we should treat others the way we would want them to treat us.  How would you like your mother to treat you?  Respond to her in that manner.  (That may be a very difficult directive.  Ask God for help.)

“But,” you say, “Compared to my mother the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz looks like the citizen of the year.”  That might well be, but unless you are still wearing diapers, you can at least be thankful she potty trained you!

It’s all too easy to accentuate the negative of a mom who was not a model parent.  However, on Mother’s Day take time to focus on what she did that was positive.

May God give you the courage, grace and freedom to find the positive and express some words of thanks.

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