Our youngest child has reached a dangerous age. She recently discovered that she is a pretty good climber. It started with a small plastic chair, but has spun out of control to climbing on boxes, the couch, kitchen and dining room chairs, and even onto tables if you don’t stop her.
She’s always so proud when she makes it onto a chair or box. She stands up and wants everyone to clap for her to celebrate this great accomplishment. She’s never quite satisfied with the reaction she receives, however. Instead of cheering, there’s grabbing her and putting her back down on the floor and telling her not to climb up on the chair/box/whatever. This usually leads to frustration and even tears in some instances.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3
It’s interesting that the Commandment to honor our parents carried a promise with it. Piper doesn’t see it our way, but our actions are to keep her safe. Parents—especially moms—make decisions every day that might be unpopular with their children, but are done to provide the best for them.
Today we honor our mothers. In God’s design for the world, moms play an important role in raising children. They are God’s agents for nurturing and developing children, providing for their needs, and bringing them up to know Him. We return thanks and praise to God for the gift of moms, grandmas, and all women who serve in “mom” type roles to those in their life.