After performing some of my comedy routines including my “solo trumpet duet” (you can look it up on YouTube) in one of my “Ed”ertainment engagements, a man laughingly asked, “How did you get this way?” My immediate response was,
I said it jokingly, but there was much truth to it. The impact our moms have on our lives is rather amazing. A wealth of research and data supports how powerfully they affect our lives. And being a mom is simultaneously the most wonderful and difficult job one can have. Dorothy, on the “The Golden Girls” show, said it this way:
“It is not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.”
It’s hard to miss the spiritual impact a mother can have on her children. In writing to Timothy, Paul said, “I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you” (2 Timothy 1:5).
It’s Mother’s Day, and I’ve heard my mom tell her “love story” so many times, I could pretty well give it myself. How a small town teenage girl from Bellingham, Washington marries a widowed Cuban with three kids is quite a story – no matter how many times it’s told.
I always cringe when I hear my mom say how on her wedding day, while she’s standing in the back waiting to walk down the aisle, my grandmother tells her, “You don’t have to do this. I’ll just go inside and tell everyone to go home.” Apparently my grandmother was not channeling her “inner Lois” at that moment.
Or how about this for a honeymoon — a drive from Washington State to Costa Rica with three kids five and under? This was long before smooth roads on our super highways.
Among the many stories from the drive alone, they stopped at a small seminary where dad helped teach a few classes. They were really needing a break and a little extra cash for the road. Not only were they not paid, but were billed for their room and board.
So much of mom’s “love story” doesn’t seem right. While a great story, it seems far more difficult and confusing than it should have been. (Even getting surrounded by bandidos one night.) Through faith in Christ, she took each step forward. And when I think of my mom and her amazing “Love Story,” I thank the Lord.
At LOGOI, some 60% of our national missionaries are women. If I had to guess, I would say over 50% of them are moms. With over 13,000 national missionaries in our LOGOI family, that’s a lot of moms. May the Lord help us encourage their faith and confidently explain God’s Word, so that they will raise up more Timothy’s.
Thank you for your prayers and faithful partnership with us at LOGOI. Together, God is enabling us to “equip His people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).
P.S. You can listen to Mom’s Love Story by going to https://youtu.be/2rQkEBAya5A