Summary: Or for all the rest of us: Living in a The Real World Mother’s Day Message
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby.
Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, normal is history.
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct.
Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
Somebody said being a mother is boring.
Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.
Somebody said if you’re a "good" mother, your child will "turn out good."
Somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee.
Somebody said "good" mothers never raise their voices.
Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.
Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a mother.
Somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.
Somebody said you can’t love the fifth child as much as you love the first.
Somebody doesn’t have more than one child.
Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to child-rearing questions in books.
Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose.
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.
Somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of school, or leave home for their first semester of college.
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married.
Somebody doesn’t know marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother’s heartstrings.
Somebody said a mother’s job is done when her last child leaves home. Somebody never had grandchildren.
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so you don’t need to tell her.
Somebody isn’t a mother.
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Let’s look what someone else has to say about mothers.
Proverbs 31:10-31 10A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. 11Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. 12Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. 13She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. 14She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. 15She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. 16She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. 17First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. 18She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. 19She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. 20She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. 21She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. 22She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. 23Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. 24She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. 25Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. 26When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. 27She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. 28Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: 29"Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!" 30Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. 31Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! (MsgB)
And everyone says . . . well all the women are saying, “Oh no another Mother’s Day message from Proverbs 31!” Too often women feel overwhelmed instead of encouraged. The ideal woman was described over 2,500 years ago and she has been intimidating her sisters ever since! Who can possibly live up to the Proverbs 31 standard? We live in a real world not a fantasy land.
Let’s point something out right from the start. Look again at verse 30; the NIV puts it this way: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
This statement flies in the face of our American “CoverGirl,” “Maybeline,” or “Extreme Make Over” mentality. Contrary to popular opinion Estee Lauder and Mary Kay do not have the final word on real beauty.
Americans want to praise the “beauty queen.” The Bible tells us the woman who should receive the honor “FEARS THE LORD.”
Gentlemen, let me be quick to point out we can say the same thing about us. We idolize the athlete, the strong macho man tough guy image. However, our biceps or physical strength is not impressive to God.