5 Ways To Honor Your Mom
by: Michael Woods | May 7, 2018
Why do we have such a special day as Mother’s Day? The actual observance of this day grew from a modest beginning in 1872 as a day dedicated to peace. On May 9. 1914 then President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution of Congress commending its observance. The next year the President was authorized to declare Mother’s Day as a day of national observance, and it has been a national custom to this day.
But the honoring of motherhood is not of man, but of God. We honor mothers, not because of a Congressional resolution, but because of a divine teaching. We honor mothers, not just one day of the year, but throughout the year. In ancient times, as today, motherhood was considered a great and special blessing. God commanded through Moses,
“Honor thy father and thy mother….” (Exodus 20:12).
There’s dozens of great ways to honor your mom during Mother’s Day. But just to get you started, here are 5 ways that you can honor your mom:
Find ways to bless your mom in physical ways.
Sometimes this simply means going out for coffee, while listening and letting your mom talk. Let her share some of her favorite memories even if she’s told them before. Offer physical support like helping your mom clean her home or taking her to doctor appointments.
All of this, I think, is in the spirit of what the Scripture means when it says to “honor your father and mother.” We should make sure our mom’s are always well-cared for as best as we can. Sometimes, our moms (and dads!) spend their most productive years caring for us, and now we get to return the favor and care for them.
Cook dinner for her.
I’ve found that going out to a public restaurant on Mother’s Day a bit challenging because it’s so crowded. So, if your mom lives in the same city, send her a special invitation to come over to your house and cook a special meal for her and your wife with the help of your kids. Give them both flowers and treat them like queens.
Write an appreciation letter to your mom.
Never underestimate the power of a sincere thank you. Moms want to know that they’ve had a positive impact in your life, and sharing this with them is the kind of gift that money just can’t buy.
Writing out everything that you appreciate and admire about your mom is a refreshing way to acknowledge what she has done for you – and more importantly, what she has been to you.
If you’re not so good with words you can opt for a list of the top ten things you love about her. You can even take this a step further and have it framed so that she can look at it daily and be reminded of how much you care.
Seek Your Mom’s Wisdom
We honor our mother’s when we seek their wisdom through life’s twists and turns. The Bible constantly associates youth with folly and age with wisdom and tells us that those who have lived longer lives have generally accumulated greater wisdom. We do well, then, to lean on them for understanding, to seek their input when faced with major decisions. It honors our moms when we seek their help.
Remember her on the 364 days of the year that aren’t Mother’s Day.
Most of us are good about sending a card or gift on Mother’s Day, but what about the other days of the year? Do you communicate your love and gratitude on these days? I need to be better about this myself. Thankfully with today’s technology, it’s really not that difficult.
God calls every child of every age to show honor to his/her mother. He calls us to honor her as the outflow of honoring Him. He calls us to be people who respect His sovereignty by respecting the parents He saw fit to give us.