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[Watch the video poem, “You Only Have One Mother” below]

Remembering our mothers is important and how we remember them is crucial to a loving relationship that honors God.

We are told to take every thought captive for Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5).  That verse says that how we remember is an active, willful choice–we must take the thoughts captive. God expects us to exercise a thought life that glorifies Him.  And we do that by remembering who God is, what He has done for us, and who we are in Him, because doing so will influence our thoughts, our words, and our actions; and will direct the relationships in our lives.

No Such Thing as Perfect

There’s no perfect mother and there’s no perfect child.  All relationships need good forgivers, who are willing to give grace to each other.  As Christians, we are to love without conditions and with a heart of unselfish desire. We are to give all that we have because, in Christ, we already have all that we need.

There’s a saying that our “glass” is either “half-empty” or “half-full.”  This is meant to be an illustration of how we choose to live. Are we thankful for what we have?  Or regretful of that which we do not have?

Another saying is that we are either “looking to the future” or “living in the past.”  All too often we are looking backward and remembering that which we should forget, and forgetting that which we should remember.

Rightly Remembering

We know that in God’s grace our sins are cast into the sea of His forgotten memory*….never to be remembered or charged against us.  We are to do the same.  We are not to keep a record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:5), but rather, we are to love with the sacrificial love that reflects the love of Jesus (2 Tim 1:17, 2 Cor 3:18).

On this Mother’s Day, do you remember all the love and blessings your mother has given you?  Or the “record of wrongs?”  All mothers make mistakes.  But so do children.  Both must be quick to forgive.

Eph 4:32, 5:2  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you… And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us…

Rightly Choosing

When we start by taking our thoughts captive for Jesus (2 Cor 10:5), and remembering the love of God (John 3:16), and all He has given us (Rom 5:8), then we can easily choose to remember the wonderful memories that positively influence, grow and direct our lives.  We can also choose to forget the events that were less than edifying (1 Cor 13:5d-6).  When we do that we live with a “glass” that is more than “half-full” and we will find satisfaction in what God has done, and what He is doing, in our lives. If we don’t rightly choose to rightly remember we will live with a “half-empty glass” that will leave us wanting, striving, and disappointed.

Honor your mother today and every day.  God chose her to give you life. Forgive her shortcomings and remember all her goodness, for you can only have one mother.

Rightly Remembering Your Mother

Your mother is a treasure.  Cherish her in your heart.  Honor her with your words and actions.  And love her forever.

Make Mother’s Day a grace-filled day of letting go of life’s little issues. Take captive every warm and wonderful memory of your mom.  Hide those memories in your heart.

If, like me, your mother has passed on from this life, make Mother’s Day a special day to remember her. She isn’t here, but you can keep the memories of her alive in your heart.

If your mother is still with you, give thanks to God for her presence in your life and tell her how much you love her.  One day memories will be all you have…and they will be sufficient to fill your glass to overflowing on Mother’s Day.

Honor God by honoring your mother, in your mind, and with your actions. Allow the love of God that He has given you to pour forth from you to mom and to others.

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 * “Our sins are cast into the sea of God’s forgotten memory” is a line from a song written in 1838.  Watch a modern rendition that reminds us:

What though the vile accuser roar
Of sins that I have done;
I know them well, and thousands more;
My God, He knoweth none”
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