In my devotional book for mothers, Nancy Campbell shared an encounter that happened to her daughter, Evangeline, while out shopping with her five youngest children. While in Wal-Mart, a woman—a complete stranger—came up to her and said, “You are an incredible mother! Here’s some money,” and gave her a ten-dollar bill. Then, awhile later, she approached again: “I’m not finished. You have to know you are an incredible mother! Here’s another $10.”
For a few days, I was pondering what in the world she was doing that was so impressive in this woman’s eyes. Coincidentally, I downloaded an audio teaching by Evangeline called “The Adventures ofMotherhood.” In the message, she recounted the Wal-Mart experience and shared additional information.
As she was walking down the aisles, she was praying in her mind, asking God, “Am I a good mother,
Right after that prayer, the woman approached.
“She didn’t even see me mother! We were just walking,” she said.
But she had to be doing something! Perhaps it was just her countenance and general demeanor toward her children that so impressed the woman.
While no one gave me a $10 tip during my shopping trip yesterday with my children (although a very pregnant mother so kindly offered to let us go ahead of her in the check-out lane—and then insisted we traded places!), I have been contemplating what makes us the kind of mothers others take note of (and may even tip!). Here are some thoughts:
- Smile at your children!
- Act like you enjoy them, even if the feelings aren’t flowing easily at any particular time. Feelings always follow actions.
- Speak kindly.
- Handle your children gently. We’ve all seen the mothers who yank their children away from things. Let’s not be “Yankees.”
- Be proud of your group.
- Be proud to be a mother!
“When you go out with your children, lift your head high, put a smile on your face, and be proud to be a mother. You have the most important career in the nation. God Himself is your employer and you are determining the future of this nation.
Be a light in the midst of a society that does not embrace children. Do not be intimidated. Show your love for your children as you speak sweetly to them and are patient with them. If God has blessed you with a number of children, be proud to display your ‘blessings’ from the Lord.
You reveal to the world what God is like for He loves children. Jesus did not reject children. He welcomed the children to come to Him. (Mark 9:36-37).
There is no more beautiful picture than to see a serene and happy mother with well-trained children in tow. There can be no argument from those who don’t embrace children.”
A high calling. I’m working on becoming a more serene and happy as a mother every day, and certainly, training our children well is a constant work in progress. That’s why I’m a mom in need of His mercy. I’m so thankful that we can approach the throne of grace with confidence to find mercy and receive grace to help us daily in our time of need. There are eternal rewards. And maybe someday, there will even be a financial reward, like an out-of-the blue tip!
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