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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Maternal Influence

By Ken Horn
May 8, 2011

The way we remember people is not always the way they really were. Friends and loved ones often have strengths and assets that go unnoticed. Mothers often fall into that category.

My sister Pat recently reminded me of this. I was young when she and her family left our hometown in California to live in Mississippi, so I don’t really remember this story. Moving so far away was a big deal 40-plus years ago when long-distance phone calls were spendy and, thus, infrequent. When the time came for their departure, my dad was too emotional to do much of anything. It was my mother who pulled the family together and prayed for them.

“It’s the first time I heard Mother pray in tongues,” Pat said.

We have a number of friends I would consider “supermoms” — women who balance family, ministry and sometimes secular vocation while clearly building solid relationships with their children and providing spiritual strength for their families. I don’t quite know how they do it.

But we also know a lot of moms like mine, often stay-at-home moms, women with quiet strength and deep influence in their homes.

Twice the Book of Proverbs tells us, “Do not forsake your mother’s teaching” (1:8; 6:20, NIV). Yes, this would apply to the many moms who homeschool today, but there is a far deeper meaning. Most Christian mothers, regardless of whether they have an outgoing personality or a reserved one, teach their children by the way they live.

Growing up, I didn’t realize the extent of my mother’s influence. Upon reflection, a passage that describes her is Romans 12:9-11: “Let love be without hypocrisy. ... Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” (NKJV). How many of us have godly mothers to whom this applies?

Godly mothers have a way of putting their imprint upon their families. If yours is living, thank her and honor her. If she is gone, honor her by remembering her contributions and sharing them with family and friends.

Ken Horn

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