Message From Matt | May 11

Help you to live!
 
Around our house, Bekah has told our kids for years the following statement, “Your dad helps you laugh, but I help you live”.  What she is referring to is that every once in a while I can actually be funny and incite laughter…I know, hard to believe!  However, the last part of that statement is not so hard to believe.  If we didn’t have her taking care of us as well as she does, we would be in a mess!! If you know Bekah, you know that she is humble and says this statement jokingly, but the truth is that she’s right!  She does so much for me and the kids that we would be lost without her.  She cooks, cleans, mends, fixes, teaches, encourages, provides taxi service, promotes God’s Word daily, and loves…she is amazing and I am a better husband, father and Christian because of her influence! 
If the kids only had me to rely on to live, they would most likely be malnourished of good food and filled with junk food!  They would have holes in their clothing and not because it’s fashionable! They probably wouldn’t keep a good schedule and would be disorganized.  Their overall outlook on life would be distorted and they would turn out to be depressed kids…Ok, maybe I’m joking a bit, but the truth is that she really does help us live!! 

Isn’t that what moms do?  

God hard-wired men and women differently and both are extremely important, but the importance of a mother can’t be overstated.  Of course,  there are and have been moms out there that we could define as “bad moms” but that is not the norm.  Most moms are the nurturers and protectors that God has hard-wired them to be and their influence is so great!  How do you influence?  There are probably many ways, but two ways that come to mind are through your words and your actions!  Your words and actions can be life givers to your family.  Let’s  look at these three examples…

Wilma Rudolph’s mother, Blanche, gave birth to her in 1940. She was a sickly child that had double pneumonia, polio and had to wear a leg brace on her left leg at one time.  Wilma was the 20th of 22 kids that her dad had by 2 different women and the doctors told her mother at one point that she would never walk…they were wrong!  Wilma went on to win a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics at the age of 16 and 3 gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.  Her famous quote about her mother is… “My doctor told me I would never walk again, my mother told me that I would.  I believed my mother.”  Wilma’s mother influenced her to greatness by her words!

Charles and John Wesley’s mother was Susanna Wesley, who was the youngest of 25 children and would give birth to 19 children of which 10 would die in infancy.  She said about her influence on her children,  “I look upon every soul under my charge as a talent committed to me under a trust.  I am not a man nor a minister, but I spare every night to discourse with each child apart, strengthening their faith in God our Saviour.”   Susanna influenced her children to greatness by her actions!

 

Timothy’s mother and grandmother are mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:5 as the role models of his faith as his father was not a believer (Acts 16:1).  They taught Timothy to trust in God and follow His ways (2 Timothy 3:14-17).  Mom and grandma shaped the formation of Timothy’s life of faith!  They influenced Timothy to greatness by their teaching and life!
 
Moms,  you have great influence!  Your words and actions can change and influence a life! God has created and shaped you into the person that you are to promote greatness in your family, and He will be there with you to help you!  Moms, you help us live and we thank you for all that you do for us!  We praise and thank God for you!
 
 
Matt Roller