You Are Amazing! |DR. R. CLIFFORD JONES
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, mothers-to-be, and mothers-in-Israel of the Lake Region Conference. As people worldwide pause to remember and celebrate their mothers this weekend, I wish to let our mothers know that they are deeply loved and appreciated.
Ellen G. White has a lot to say about mothers. In the chapter entitled “The Mother” in her classic book, The Ministry of Healing, White reminds mothers that they should begin to prepare children for life on this earth before the children are born. She cites Jochebed, the mother of Moses; Hannah, the mother of Samuel; and Elizabeth, the mother of John, the Baptist; as shining examples of mothers who invested in their children before they actually entered the world.
Motherhood is a priceless, sacred responsibility that is little understood and appreciated. Yet no other responsibility rivals it in importance. In fact, White says that angels could not ask for a higher mission that that of motherhood, which is a responsibility that spans into eternity.
Many of the positive, enduring images I have of my childhood have to do with my mother. She was a God-fearing woman who fiercely loved her children, often denying herself so that we could have. My mother was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church when she was carrying me in her womb, and she believed I became a pastor because of the Bible studies she received in preparation for baptism. She was a prayer warrior who seasoned her admonitions to my siblings and me with promises from Scripture, and her faith and courage continue to inspire us today, years after her death.
The mother of my children has taken over where my own mother left off. I’m happy to say that my wife is also a woman of boundless faith and optimism. She is a mother of deep spirituality who exemplifies the values she teaches and honors. Her love for God and people are refreshing, as is her passion for sharing with others the blessings of God.
It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” The sentiment expressed by the former United States president powerfully captures the central role mothers play in the lives of their children. The power of motherhood cannot be overestimated.
And so, Happy Mother’s Day once more to the mothers, the mothers-to-be, and the mothers-in-Israel of the Lake Region Conference. May God’s richest blessings continue to attend you as you seek to influence your children for now and eternity. Please remember that, to a great degree, the moral temperature and tone of every society depends on mothers, which makes you, amazing!
Continued blessings and success in all you do!
R. Clifford Jones