The ads began the day after Easter… buy this dress/sweater/necklace/perfume for Mom, or else she’ll think you don’t love her. Take her out to dinner. Bring her flowers. Bring her candy. Mom deserves it. Mom expects it.
Well, this Mom doesn’t! I don’t expect any of that. In order to relieve some stress from my wonderful kids, I thought I’d tell you what I really want for Mother’s Day.
First of all, I don’t want a hyped, commercialized version of Mother’s Day, the one envisioned by the retailers who invented it. No restaurants, please. They’ll be too crowded. No guilt-driven purchases. You can’t afford them, and I’m learning to be content with what I already have.
What I really want is much more precious than clothing or jewelry. It will cost you more than chocolate or a bouquet. But it’s a gift we can all share.
Proverbs 23: 15 says, “My son [and this includes daughters too!], if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed.” And 23:24-25 adds, “The father [and mother!] of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!”
So, for Mother’s Day, I want you to know God. Nothing can make me happier, more at peace, or fill me with a bigger sense of accomplishment, than to know that you don’t just know about God, you know Him. That was my first prayer for you, even before you were born. I still pray for you to be hungry and thirsty for what only He can satisfy. I want you and God to hang out together—for you to be aware of His presence in your lives every moment of every day. Nothing else will ever bring you more joy, and your joy is mine.
I want you to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. I want you to love others with His love. It’s only when you give your life away that you will find it. I want your life to be full of love. That comes from serving others rather than yourselves.
I want you to make wise decisions, decisions that you have prayed over. Of course, I want you to take my advice, but so much more, I want you to listen to God. You’ve heard Dad and I read Proverbs 3:5-6 to you until you were tired of hearing it, but it’s still my prayer for you, that you will “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight..”
I want you to do right, even when it costs you everything. The most essential things you cannot lose. Nothing can separate you from God’s love.
Don’t let possessions own you. Let your treasures be the ones waiting for you in heaven. Nothing can sidetrack your walk with God faster than a focus on your own comfort and well-being.
Micah 6:8 sums it all up: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
As I watch you live your lives, I want you to know that I already see you learning to do all of these things. I’m so blessed to have you for my kids. I love you. Happy Mother’s Day to me.