Since my mind had been there all evening, I began to think about what was the main thing that my Mom taught me. Immediately, I thought of Sunday evenings. They were laid back dinners and usually not eaten at the table since we usually had a big lunch of roast beef, carrots and potatos. That evening without a hint or suggestion she would make a roast beef sandwich for my Dad as he watched something on TV, 60 minutes I think it was. I remember several times asking her, "Why can't he make it himself?" I don't really ever remember her exact answer and I never really understood it because I was too self-centered, but it was unconditional love. Love that is sacrificing and filled with the desire to serve others out of love. Not because she had to, but because she wanted to and it wasn't for her own personal gain or a "look at me and how much I do" attitude. It's the best lesson she ever taught me, but I never understood it until I had a family of my own.
So, when I feel like I don't want to match one more pair of socks, heat up one more plate of chicken nuggets, put away 5 pairs of shoes or pick up thousands of tiny LEGOS, I remember my mother and how she did it for twice as many kids as I have.
There is a beautiful crown covered in jewels waiting for her in heaven. For not only does she have faith that can move mountains, she also has the heart of Jesus in Mark and Isaiah--the Servant.
"Whoever wishes to be first among you shall be servant of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Mark 10:44
Yesterday as I was reading Dietrich Bonnhoeffer's biography in a chapter on leadership I came across the perfect quote. He said, "The good leader serves others and leads others to maturity. He puts them above himself, as a good parent does a child, wishing to lead that child to someday be a good parent." Absolutely, my mother did this and still does. I know that I am a better parent because of her.
I love you Mom! Happy Mother's Day again.