© jb katke
Allow me to share this interaction with my mom from many years ago.
Mom: “This Sunday is Mothers Day.”
Me: “Again, we just had one last year! When are we going to have a kids day?”
Unfortunately when I was young I thought and talked like a child. I was kinda stupid too. Think about it. When we were young how many of us worried about the house payment, clean clothes, or the next meal? I didn’t know how good I had it.
I would like to turn this Mothers Day around. Instead of focusing on moms, I’d like to give our attention to the people that made us moms. It’s easy to overlook the people that made us who we are. Our children.
I’ve learned a great deal from my kids.
After I vacuumed my four year old entered the house from playing outdoors. “Oh, you vacuumed.” Lesson learned: Make your house-cleaning so apparent even the youngest member of the family takes notice.
Despite parental efforts, we could count on our contentious one to do the opposite of our intentions for her well-being. Lesson learned: Patience, perseverance, and prayers actually work!
Seizing the moment. If that means doing cartwheels down an otherwise busy street in the middle of the night; calling attention of the police, so be it. Lesson learned: Express your joy in unexpected opportunities. (BTW this little caper brought your sister unspeakable joy!)
These children of mine grew up. (Sometimes I had serious doubts) My children are no longer children. They have married and fled the nest.
Now I have their spouse whom I also consider my children. They’re the best kind because I didn’t have to give birth or raise them.
Likewise I’ve learned from them too:
Sometimes life isn’t fair and gives ailments that hinder the life they dreamed of living. Lesson learned: Compassion. Many of us didn’t choose the life we live.
Teen choices are not always the smartest. Lesson learned: We carry on and with Jesus’ help see how he changes things for good.
Reality messes with our plans, hopes and even assumptions of how life plays out. Lesson learned: Always have a plan B. Maybe even a C or D wouldn’t hurt. It takes a while to figure things out.
Kids, it’s called parent-raising.
As you reflect on your childhood years there’s bound to be some bad memories. Keep in mind knowledge isn’t part of the birthing experience. I recall my mother telling me the first time she held a baby was after giving birth to my brother.
If anything, it’s when we have children that we realize how much we don’t know. It’s an ongoing process, too many times a trial by error thing. On the job training, parent-raising at its best.
Look at the people who are in our life and be amazed! They are just who we need to learn lifes greatest lessons.
What we all have in common is sacrifice and love. Too late I learned there is a how-to book available. The good book says the greatest of these is love. That’s where sacrifice stems from. Our words and actions prove where our heart is.
God and Jesus, man how they sacrificed…and loved! The to die for kind of love. I hope you feel it.