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May 10, 2016, 2:52 PM

Priceless


     I know before the week is out I will see again the estimated value of a mom, if she were paid what it would cost to have someone else do everything our mom’s do or have done. I admit I always feel a little bit uncomfortable with the amount arrived at. I even wondered if the amount is inflated, or deflated depending on your perspective. The latest estimate I remember was about 75 thousand dollars to “replace” everything our moms do. In a survey from insure.com, men were not nearly as generous, only 28% thought a mom’s dollar value was at that level, and 22% thought it should be about 25 thousand. It’s a game people play every year around Mother’s day.

     God’s word is full of statements concerning the value of a mother. The classic reading on the value of a mother is Proverbs 31. “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: Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” King Lemuel must have had a great mom.

     I have frequently used that text on Mother’s day, and it’s a good one. As I reflect on my mother, and grandmothers, I think about the valuables King Lemuel talks about. As valuable as those things are, I think there are more important things a mom and a dad for that matter, give to their children.

     There are many things we inherit from our parents, some good and well, some I’m still not sure about. Last week my brother Danny was in town for a short time. Someone commented about our physical characteristics that were very similar. I told him, “Well it runs in our family.” God’s word says a lot about what runs in our families. Deuteronomy 4:9 admonishes us to not forget what we have seen and heard as long as we live, and to teach them to our children and grandchildren.  That’s what I hope you remember on Mother’s day.

     Thanks Mom and Dad for sharing your faith with me, and my brothers and sister. It reminds me of what Paul said to Tim about his mother and grandmother. “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. ... But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God–breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”Now that’s priceless! Tell your mom you love her today!

 

Philip

 


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