“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.”

Proverbs 1:8, NIV

      Recently I did a message on heroes at our church. My greatest hero is my Mom. After my sermon, she wrote me a note expressing how much she appreciated my saying that now and not after she is gone. You may not be able to honor your mom before hundreds of people, but you can before your family and your mom. I share this to encourage those with living moms to tell them how much they are respected and loved. For those of you who are husbands, support your wives to be all God wants them to be. For young moms, be encouraged to live your biblical call to motherhood, and one day your children will call you “their hero.”

      Based on the woman of Proverbs 31, we have much to learn. She was not perfect, so don’t set too high of a standard for yourself. However, there are some principles in Proverbs 31 all moms can follow.

      Home and family are a priority – Proverbs 31:21. That does not mean she cannot have other interests, but she puts her family first. My Mom was a single Mom with four children. She worked two jobs, seven days a week. She always took us to church. We were her priority. Today she is our hero.

      Living a life with wisdom – Proverbs 31:26. Wisdom from God is more important than education and schooling.

      Teach the fear of the Lord – Proverbs 31:30. Respect for the Lord may have been the greatest lesson you will ever learn. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” If we sift our actions through Him, then we will make the right decisions, and ones that please Him.

      If your children are still young, do not be discouraged if they do not rise and call you blessed. There will be a day. If you are a child still at home, right now, give your Mom a hug and tell her you love her and that she is your hero.

QUESTION: As a family what can you do to honor your Mom? Your wife? You don’t have to wait until Mother’s Day!