Being a mother may be the most important thing a person can do. This Sunday is Mother’s Day. All over America, people will be celebrating their mothers and the great influence they have been. If you have any measure of emotional stability and maturity, the chances are that you have a mother to thank for it.
Of course, many mothers do not take care of their children the way they should. Children wind up abandoned or abused, neglected and lost, because mothers and fathers fail to do their job. But if your mother took care of you, you had a much better chance to grow up and be okay.
Most of us know that the Ten Commandments say that we should honor our mothers and fathers. But the Bible also has a lot to say about parents taking care of their children. Parents are commanded to discipline, provide for and teach their children. If you have a child, your job is to raise them to be a healthy adult.
If you want to raise your child to be a mature adult, you have to start by being one yourself. Children are not ornaments or playthings or built-in best buddies. When God gives us children, He expects us to teach them about life and about Him and about how to be a grown-up.
People have children for lots of reasons, some good and some not so good. When someone tells me they want to have a baby, I always ask “Do you want to have a teenager?” because eventually you’ll have one of those too. God calls us as parents to raise our children with respect and love and discipline. “Raise a child up in the way he or she should go, and in the end they will not depart from it.”
Love in Christ
Greg W. Burriss
Pastor, Rocky River Baptist Church