This past Sunday was Mother‚Äôs Day - the day we pause and honor all our mothers, the women who have influenced and shaped our lives in so many ways. So, I want to take this opportunity to honor my own. I thank God every day for my Mom and our family. I am extremely blessed for the love, support, sacrifice, and example she has been, still is and always will be to me. I would not have the privilege of even sitting here to write a Wednesday Wisdom today if it wasn‚Äôt for my Mom and the wisdom she demonstrated all of my life. She truly represents the wife of noble character and is worth far more than rubies (Proverbs 31:10). I was fortunate enough to have a living breathing example in my life of the womanhood described in the Bible.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‚ÄúMany women do noble things, but you surpass them all.‚Äù Proverbs 31:25-28 (NIV)Not only was she up early and worked hard and provided love and support for our family, but she was kind, loving, giving, and compassionate. She served others and her church, and she loved people well. Mary Julia Little: you are blessed. I have only begun this journey of being a mother, and I have a LONG way to go. I am just getting a glimpse of the sacrifice and patience it takes to lead your children and love your family well. But the Word teaches us that to whom much has been given ‚Äì much is expected (Luke 12:48), so I do not take this blessing lightly. I can only hope and pray that one day Addi Grace will arise and call me blessed. For now I will take the ‚ÄúMommy‚Äù and ‚ÄúMom‚Äù and ‚ÄúSilly Bumper Head‚Äù and all the other crazy names she comes up for me in this season and continue to learn what love really is. That is the greatest gift of motherhood to me: unconditional love. Each day teaches more about what real love and sacrifice looks like and deepens my appreciation for my mom and for God‚Äôs love for us. It was not by coincidence my devotion this week took me through the book of 1 Corinthians. Paul writes to his fellow Christians after hearing of concerns within the church. After reviewing the purpose and importance of the church with them, the spiritual gifts we have received, and how we should be using them, he challenges them (and me!) with the most important thing we all need to do ‚Äì love.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn‚Äôt love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God‚Äôs secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn‚Äôt love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn‚Äôt love others, I would have gained nothing.¬†Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever‚Äîfaith, hope, and love‚Äîand the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13Lance asked me several times what I wanted to do on Mother‚Äôs Day. That‚Äôs really a tough question for me. Lots of things I wanted to do: house work, shopping, organizing, craft projects, millions of house projects, fun family day, spa day, read a book on the beach, and can‚Äôt forget... SLEEP! But motherhood had a different answer: we were up late into the night on Saturday and early morning on Sunday with a sickly Addi Grace who had caught a stomach bug. All day Mother‚Äôs day was spent at home holding, cuddling, and loving my little girl (and of course some clean up and disinfecting too!). Nursing her back to health, watching her every breath, and caring for her every need: just what the Dr. ordered ‚Äì mom‚Äôs love.