Are You My Mother?

Mother’s Day reminds me of the children’s Dr. Seuss book Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman, about a baby bird that hatches while his mother is away. He then sets about the task of finding his mom. He asks everything from animals to inanimate objects if they are his mother. His last ask is to a bulldozer, or a “snort”, who then dumps him back into his nest, he is reunited with his mom, and all is back right with the world. Mother’s Day is not always a fairy land of memories and/or celebration for kids, or moms. Sometimes the relationships of biological parent and progeny are complicated.

There are other kinds of mothers that can emerge in our lives besides our biological moms. There are those that adopt – for life, for a season, for a sport or activity (team moms, band moms, etc.). There are career moms and office moms, and there are spiritual moms.

If you don’t have a spiritual mom (parent), go get you one! Pray for the Lord to bring someone into your life who is more tenured (older) than you. One with experience and perspective that you do not have. One who loves the Lord in a way that you can see, feel and sense whenever you are with them. It may, in fact, BE your biological mom – what a gift! These beautiful souls will lift your name to the very presence of Jesus, so that you feel stronger and more able in any given situation. And if they don’t offer to adopt you, ASK THEM! Be like the little bird searching for his mom. The person you ask will be humbled and encouraged that God has used them to impact you. Their physical time with you may be limited due to life situations, but their prayers for you will be intentional and specific.

My husband said that when his grandmother, who he knew prayed for him every day, went to heaven, he actually felt the loss of her prayers on his behalf. I love to sit at the feet of someone like her that has an infectious and intimate love for Jesus. I am so enamored with the way they peer through their God-lenses as they wisely view life. They relay a love and a peace and a joy that I wish I could capture in a bucket. These people read and study the scriptures and then LIVE THEM.

In cultures where the written word was not used, or not used often, there was a hierarchy of learning that came through mentoring, storytelling and teaching. Apprentices learned skills, disciples learned doctrines, generations learned history and practical application. In early Christendom, the stories of Jesus, His life, His love, His miracles, His death and resurrection and His Kingship was passed down mostly by word of mouth until copies of eye-witness accounts, inspired by God and written down for posterity, began to circulate. In the Old Testament, God gave orders to teach the next generation of His love and commandments. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul wrote a letter to his spiritual son, Titus, directing him in the first chapter toward what kind of person he should look for in a spiritual parent, aa well as who to steer away from. In the second chapter, Paul says to teach older men and women and for them to then pour into the younger men and women – in speech and by example. He told of the importance of the teachers LIVING what they teach: “it makes the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” Titus 2:10

“The grace of God…that offers salvation to all people…teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness…These then, are the things you should teach.” Titus 2: 11-15.

Paul goes on to say – teach these things because you know FROM EXPERIENCE that living outside of the grace and love-centered life that Jesus leads from is unfulfilling and brings destruction. Keep those following behind you from pitfalls. Raise them up! Younger people – PAY ATTENTION! LEARN WELL! LISTEN!

In your life, there are those more spiritually mature than you that you can learn from. There are also those you can pour into. Pray for and seek out a spiritual mother or father. Pray for and seek out one to whom you can BE that spiritual mother or father. There is “no greater joy than to hear that [your] children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4

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