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Friday, May 08, 2009

Mother’s Day Thoughts

I’ve been editing some books filled with stories written by people born mostly in the 1920’s and 30’s. After talking about how poor they were growing up and listing all the chores they did each day; the outhouses, walking a mile or two to school, no shoes in the summers, etc. etc. almost everyone of them would say, “But, we didn’t know we were poor. Our parents taught us values, love for our country and respect for our elders. They made me what I am today and I thank them for it.

One lady wrote about her mother, “she was a fun loving, positive person who left me with multiplied happy memories.”

This tells me that what a lot of parents are “doing for their kids” isn’t really the best for the child. They need to know right from wrong, good from bad, truth from lies. If we can give them that solid foundation we will really have something to celebrate on Mother’s Day.

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At 5:04 AM, Blogger Matt. said...

Matthew 12:35 (NIV) The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

Our lives are made from the content of the character that is shaped in our upbringing. Our parents have a lot to do with this but mothers hold a role that is key in creating the foundation. Of all the things that one could posses; love compassion and an understanding of morality outweigh all others. These are the very things that most of us are taught by our mothers or at least should be.

Luke 12:15 (NIV) Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

Our society has sent us on a quest for wealth and the material but these possessions diminish in the presence of those simple items of virtue. Once given they are held for a lifetime of use.



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