Tomorrow is Mother’s Day…
Tomorrow I will do what I have refused to do since last year – be a part of Mom’s life.
I will make a vain attempt to make up for the neglect by what I say and do.
I will make a hypocrite of my self by “going to church" with her and lie by repeatedly telling her the depth of my love for her.
I will give her a card that says what I need to say to her myself and take her out to lunch, only to soothe my guilt.
She will enjoy my presence and listen to my conversations with others and long for the day’s activities to never end.
But when the day draws to a close, sadness will overcome her as darkness does the night because she knows that her child will be leaving her and her own loneliness will be her company till next year.
Why do I never bother to be a part of her life except on holidays?
Is this how she raised me?
What a sad situation that all too often occurs. If anything accurately portrays today's society, it is this. Too busy? I don't believe that our 'hectic' schedules are any worse than in our parent's and grandparent's day.
The problem is that of selfishness. Our society is plagued with self-centered-ness. Most people are addicted to cares and pleasures while their families are neglected.
What is worse, the way in which mothers are treated on Mother's Day (as depicted in the story above), is the same way that the Lord is treated by many "pleasure-absorbed" disciples.
It doesn't have to be this way. No mother raised her child to act this way and the Lord never intended for man to live to himself.
Jesus gave commandment thru the apostle Paul on how we ought to live in Philippians 2:4-8. "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
The reason Jesus did this is stated in 2 Cor. 8:9, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich."
Mother's often are noted for this same quality toward their children. Why not resolve to live for them rather than your self? You can enrich both your own and your mother's life, and in the process, fulfill the royal law. (James 2:8)