Around Mother’s Day the old jokes surface again.  Most of us relate.  There are articles such as “Things My Mother Taught Me.”  For example:

My mother taught me about anticipation: “Just wait till your father gets home.”

My mother taught me about logic:  “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

My mother taught me about medical science:  “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”

My mother taught me about justice:  “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you…”

Sadly, modern attitudes toward motherhood are no joke.  In an age of planned non-parenthood, children are too often seen as a burden rather than a blessing.  There was a day when folks in our part of the world shook their heads at those godless, communist countries where children were farmed out to be “nurtured” by “the State” instead of by their own mothers.

George Orwell once remarked that some ideas are so silly that only intellectuals will embrace them.  Treating motherhood as a backward social convention rather than a biological fact with God-given honor and responsibility is one of those ideas.  There is no substitute for a good mother.

The Scriptures point the way:  “A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down (Prov. 14:1).   “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children”  (Ps. 113:9).   “Train the younger women to love their husbands and children…” (Titus 2:4).  “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him” (Ps. 127:3).  “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you…”  (Isaiah 66;13).  Amid the world’s mockery, God still honors and encourages Godly mothers who nurture the next generation for Christ.  So should we.