Mums are amazing creations of God. God certainly knew what he was doing when he created mothers. With Mothers’ Day fast approaching I want to honour all mums for the wonderful job you do. For a start, we would not be here if it were not for our mums who gave birth to us. Even if we don’t have a good relationship with our mums, we can still honour them for giving us life.
Mums are also, very often, the barometer in the home. If mum’s not feeling well, or if she is stressed, then the children, and often the partner, will also be stressed or depressed. I’m not saying the mother is responsible for how other family members feel – but it does show how her emotions can permeate the home. How the mother feels, so feels the rest of the household.
That does put a lot on the mums of this world, but I want to encourage all mums not to regard your life as a mother and partner as a pressure or a stress but as a privilege that has been given to you. What an honour it is for a mum to have such a major role in teaching your children the vast majority of the life lessons they need to learn from a very early age.
For those mums who also work outside the home, can I encourage you to make and take very opportunity you have to teach your children life lessons by the way you interact with them and by the example you set, as much as you do by speaking to them and teaching them.
My mum was a good example of a stay-at-home mum. We grew up on a farm in Victoria and Dad worked long hours. My mum was the disciplinarian, the mentor, the teacher, the nurturer, the carer, everything! In all this she let her love for us be the loudest voice. She also worked very hard helping my father, often carrying the heavy separated milk buckets (from milking our few cows) 300 metres or more down to the pig pens. She was gutsy and is paying for all that hard work years later.
My mum will be 90 in October and is now suffering from dementia. Whilst she still has a very good sense of humour and can recall a lot of the past, her short-term memory is almost non-existent. I honour my mum for all she is to her whole family. She has impacted many, many people with her care and her faith. She has cooked and cooked for many a church or community fete or special occasion. The fact that she cannot do so now saddens her greatly.
Whilst times and the pressures of life have changed over the years, I believe there are more support structures and groups available today than before. MOPS is one important part of the support Mums can receive and this is why I am pleased to be able to serve on the MOPS Australia Board.
Mums are God’s special blessing to our world and you do have a wonderful opportunity to shape this world into a better place, one child at a time. I honour all mums and praise God for you all.
MOPS Australia Board Vice Chair
(pictured here with his wife, and mum to their 3 boys – Trish. Trish is also an ordained Pastor, and a long-serving MOPS Mentor).