Well... it's happened. I have become my mother. I swore I would never say the things she said or require the same things of my children that she did. And, here I am finding, myself spewing the same commands, rules, boundaries and expectations to my stepson. "Do your homework," "this is not your house, it is a residence provided for you by the Lord until you get your own," "Because I said so," "Go to bed," "Get up," "Take out the trash," "Clean your room," "I am not responsible for your friends. I am responsible for you." Outside of the above statements I have heard myself recite almost word for word disortations on life to my stepson, Jacob. I was like, "Lord! Seriously?! Come on! I swore I would not be like this." I know in my heart that my discipline is correct. Everything my mom taught and told me was truth. I was fortunate to have a wise mom. And, I am not alone in that.
Proverbs 31 is known among believers for the passage on the "Wife of Noble Character." In various versions of the Bible she is called the virtuous woman or excellent wife. This proverb are the words of King Lemuel, an oracle learned from his mother. In this oracle, King Lemuel recites other words of advice his mother gave him. She taught him to stay away from drinking much wine, how to rule, how to treat the needy, poor and those who cannot help themselves.
I know it's not mother's day, but a mom somewhere out there needs to here this today. To the mom's who fear the Lord and acknowledge that our children are gifts from God, know that He chose you to be the parent of your children. The wisdom you have is supposed to be passed on. We have the priviledge of partnering with God to equip our children to be part of His magnificent tapestry. So, as you spew and endure the rolling of the eyes, shrugging of shoulders, stomps out of the room, tears of disagreement and talking back; your words will stick. And you will witness the manifestation of Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."