My Mother played the most important role in shaping my life from the day I was born until the day God called her back home. Today, I honor my Mother for who she was, for who I am and for who we both are in God, and I salute and honor all Mothers because God created you and gave you a special place of honor in this world to never be taken away by man.
God never meant that every woman should be a Mother, however, He did command that women should be fruitful and multiply. The Bible tells us that whom the Lord blesses to be Mothers should take the responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults with children of their own. While the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never cease.
To me, the greatest thing we have is life. In addition, where there is life as the old adage goes there is hope. So maybe, if we can get into choosing life, it will not be as difficult as we might imagine.
One of the greatest lessons my Mother taught me was that I must take responsibility for choosing and defining my own life. When I do, “she said, God will lift you up on the wings of an eagle and you can fly away to that place of peace and tranquility that nothing can stop you from living the life you desire.” I took my Mother’s advice and it changed my entire life.
Today I believe most people are afraid of life. I do not know why it is. We are afraid to be what we are! We get marvelous, insane feelings and we do not act on them. As you see someone really attractive and you think, “I am going to tell her she’s really beautiful.” Then you think, “Oh, I cannot do that.” Then she goes all of her life not knowing she is beautiful! It is a shame because if we really do not live fully we keep other people from living fully!
We are afraid of living life, therefore, we do not experience, we do not see. We do not feel. We do not risk! We do not care! Therefore we do not live, because life means being actively involved. Life means getting your hands dirty. Life means jumping in the middle of it all. Life means falling flat on your face. Life means going beyond yourself into the stars!
Nevertheless, you must decide yourself, for yourself. “What does life mean to me?” I am convinced if we spent as much time—no, one quarter as much time each day thinking about life, living, and loving as we do planning a meal, we will be incredible!
Nevertheless, life has a wonderful way of solving this problem. It is always very fascinating to me because when life is not being lived, it explodes in us. It is like trying to hold the lid on when the steam is ready to blow. Something will happen I am convinced of it. You will either turn to extremes of fear, pain, loneliness, paranoia, or apathy. All signs that you are not alive, you are not living! So if you are feeling any of these things, roll up your sleeves and say, “Let me live.” The minute you start getting involved in life, the steam lets off, and you are safe. It is easy, but life lets us know that it must be led. How wonderful!
My Mother experienced this in her own way, and she used her knowledge of living and loving to teach me how to reach for the moon, and if for some reason I could not grab hold of it, I would truly be among the stars. Because God provided all His children with the power to choose life and to live it to the fullness of all there is.
Now I truly know that there is a thing called joy, because I have felt it. In addition, there is such a thing as marvelous madness because I have lived it. Moreover, I know there is such a thing as loving because I have loved. And I know there is such a thing as ecstasy because I have known ecstasy. And I also know, because I have known people who have experienced it, and you can too. Now think back about some of the lessons your Mother taught you, grab hold of them and begin to experience the joy of this life. It is yours now enjoy it.