“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”Titus 2:3-5
If you want to see a true child-parent relationship then you need to look no further than the supermarket. You often see the worst of the family dynamic displayed in all of its glory in those aisles. You hear the screams of kids wanting candy and the constant repeating of the word “no”. The mom is wanting to check the items off of her list and the kids tend to grab at all the sugary items they are not allowed to have. It seems a mother’s love is put to the test, but yet she still chooses to take the kids home with her.
I think of my days as a kid and the many warm moments I shared with my mom. I remember the times we watched the Flintstones after my dad went to work, and the times shared eating pizza and watching college basketball. I think of all the meals she cooked, the hemming of my pants, and the many lunches she packed. I think of the crown she made my dad out of watermelon for Father’s Day, and the cherry cheesecake she made for his birthday. I think of her tears she cried because of my sin and the disappointment I caused her. I remember her being my biggest fan, and her thinking I could have pitched for the ASU baseball team. I could write a book of the selfless acts of service my mom did for our family, and I will be forever grateful for her love.
There is something to be said of a mother’s love and it is not duplicated by anything else. Sadly, a mother’s love is often missing today and it seems moms are needing their own time away from their family and kids. A true mother’s love only comes from a strong walk with God as He is the One who gives the heart a woman should have for her family. A heart that loves her husband, children and most importantly, her God. A heart that seeks after holiness and a heart that is led by God. A heart that teaches good things and shares God’s truth. My mother’s hair is no longer all black as there are now strands of white hair peeking through. My mom has become an “aged woman”, but a woman who has laughed with me, cried with me, and encouraged and prayed for me. A woman who is not perfect, but a woman whom I greatly admire.
How about you friend? Are you an example to others, or are you hindrance to their view of God? Are you influenced by the love of your Heavenly Father or are you driven by your own fleshly ambitions? Do your actions cause the name of Christ to be blasphemed or do others see the love of God in you? Will you be like the aged women spoken of here? Will you be remembered long after you’re gone for living a life that is pleasing to Him? May we always honor the aged women in our lives, and may our lives bring honor to our God.