My mother taught me how to make scrambled eggs, a skill I still utilize every day. She taught me how to do housework. As much as I hated it, the Saturday cleanings she forced me and my sister to participate in were useful. She also taught me to love books. She never said no to the books I wanted from the Scholastic book forms I brought home and she took me to the library until I’d read every Nancy Drew book on the shelf.
But the most important thing my mother taught me was about God. I’ve been in church since I was a baby thanks to her. We rarely missed a Sunday. Even when my dad didn’t go, my mom got us dressed and took us to church. She took us to Bible school and revivals, and when I was about eight years old, I was saved at a Vacation Bible School.
Now that I’m a parent myself, I realize the most important gift we can give our children is a relationship with Jesus.
So many of the things we do as mothers seem inconsequential. We give baths, hold cranky babies, make lunches, clean up spills and change diapers. We do them over and over again every day and sometimes we can feel discouraged by these small routines. It can seem that our small jobs are not as big or as important as what we could be doing.
But the truth is God gives mothers a unique mission field: the ability to reach our children’s hearts from the very beginning and feed them the truth right from the start. With God’s help, our influence could last generations.
Is there really anything better we could be doing than that?