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"We're Behind You Mom"

A mother took her four young children out in a minivan to run some errands. One of the children, sitting behind her, soon became bored and began kicking the base of the driver's seat. After several minutes of thumping, the exasperated mother yelled, "That's it! Who's behind me?" Her six-year-old replied immediately, "We're all behind you, Mom- 100 percent!"

God is behind motherhood, and the Bible holds godly mothers in high esteem. Her value to God and human society is inestimable. In the immortal words of Proverbs 31, "Who can find a virtuous woman, for her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husbands safely trusts her...Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her...Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised" (Proverbs 31:10, 11, 28, 30). God is behind mothers 100 percent. He has assigned mother a role in the home and society that only she can fill. Women are called to "bear children, manage the house...love their husbands and their children...be a homemaker" (1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:4-5). Study these verses carefully and you will discover that God has assigned women a unique and indispensable role in the home and in human society. He is behind her role as Mom and homemaker 100 percent, even if many in modern times are not.

Moms, take heart. Whether you work outside the home or not, you have work inside the home that no machine can ever do and that no substitute can ever replace! You have a special, unique, and high calling from God- one which men are hardly equipped to perform! It still takes a woman to bear a child and be a mother. First Timothy 5:14 is not a cultural statement that changes from one generation and culture to the next- it is still the plan of God that young women marry, bear children, and guide or manage the house. The power Mom has to influence her children cannot be matched by anyone.

About a hundred years ago Joaquin Miller wrote these eloquent words- "The bravest battle that ever was fought, Shall I tell you where and when? On the maps of the world you find it not, It was fought by the mothers of men." We should all be behind our Moms, 100 percent.

by Dan Gulley
Smithville Church of Christ