Summary: Thanks mom for all the hard work you do, we want to thank you for your sacrifice and dedication!
Open with video clip of people telling why they love their moms at Christian Hills.
Thesis: Thanks mom for all the hard work you do, we want to thank you for your sacrifice and dedication!
Video Illustration: When mom does not work from Blue Fish TV – What happens?
Opening Illustration: Mother in the Storm
One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?” The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t, Dear,” she said, “I have to sleep with your daddy.” A long silence occurred then he said in a shaky voice “The Big Sissy!”
Today we want to too fulfill the fifth commandment spoken of in Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving.” Today we want to honor our mothers and say Thank You!
Video Illustration: Heroes: Mother Theresa from Blue Fish TV
Really moms are the unsung heroes of the church. I put this illustration into my message today to make a point. Did you know that spiritual moms are as vital as literal moms in the church. They too are heroes who make a difference in the lives of others. So maybe you don’t have children today but you do have spiritual children. Thank You spiritual moms for your service to the Kingdom of God.
Quotes about the importance of Mothers:
Theodore Roosevelt stated, “When all is said, it is the mother, and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. The successful mother, the mother who does her part in rearing and training aright the boys and girls, who are to be the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she would realize it, a more honorable as well as important position than any man in it. The mother is the one supreme asset of the national life. She is more important, by far, than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.”
Mothers are important George Washington said, “I am what I am because of my mother!”
Abraham Lincoln stated, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” He also said, “All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
Today I want to personally say thank you to the moms of Christian Hills. Your dedication to raising up Christian children is making a difference in our church and in our society. You mom are an instrument of the Lord and you are vitally important to God’s work. Here is how important you are:
God could not be in every place
With loving hands to help erase
The teardrops from each baby’s face,
And so He thought of mother.
He could not send us here alone
And leave us to a fate unknown
Without providing for His own
The outstretched arms of mother.
God could not watch us night and day
And kneel beside our crib to pray,
Or kiss our little aches away;
And so he sent us mother.
And when our childhood days began
He simply could not take command,
That’s why He placed our tiny hand
Securely into mother’s.
The days of youth slipped quickly by,
Life’s sun rose higher in the sky,
Full grown were we, yet ever nigh
To love us still, was mother
And when life’s span of years shall end,
I know that God will gladly send,
To welcome home her child again
George W. Wiseman
Mothers are God’s assistants and deserve to be praised.
Reference the bulletin insert – tell them to fill it out so I can read a few at the end of my message and so we can place the rest on a bulletin board honoring our mothers.
Dr. Benjamin Carson would agree listen to what he says about his mom:
Dr. Benjamin Carson, renowned surgeon at John Hopkins, has a story told about his mother by Kevin Lemam. Mrs. Carson insisted that Ben and His brother Curtis write a book report every couple of weeks. This wasn’t for school-this was for their mom. Ben and Curtis dutifully obeyed.
About the time he was in junior high, Ben finally realized something quite shocking. His mom couldn’t read. For years Ben had read books and scratched out reports, assuming that his mom was checking every word. But she didn’t have a clue what he was saying.
Now consider this: raised by an illiterate mother, Ben grew up to be a world famous surgeon who was featured in many articles and was the author of several books. His illiterate mom didn’t twist her hands over her lacking of learning and give up hope of raising intelligent boys. Instead, she gave her boys what she had interest, accountability, and courage to demand extra work.