Redefine Mother’s Day

Redefine Mother’s Day

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, a day which for many, evokes a mix of emotions. Whether happy, sad, or a mix of the two, Mother’s Day is bound to prick our hearts to think and reflect on some aspect of motherhood, even if only for a few seconds. Anna Jarvis, the woman who conceived the concept of a Mother’s Day in America, intended it to be a personal day between families and moms. When florists, greeting card companies and other types of gift-selling companies seized the idea as a money-making venture, Jarvis wished she could pull it from the calendar, disgusted by the commercialized thing it had become.

Maybe you too, wish this holiday would be pulled from the calendar. For one reason or another, Mother’s Day is just not a day you wish to celebrate. I want to speak some hope to you. Don’t worry about the calendar. God is not a calendar observer. But he is interested in our hearts. Daughter of Christ, if you’re out there and you’re feeling devastated or even slightly saddened by the emotions that the concept of motherhood evokes in you, let the word of God dwell in you richly today.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.   2 Cor. 5:17

Motherhood, along with every other role in our fallen world, has been misused, abused, marginalized, idolized, and given worldly attributes. But, in God’s economy, motherhood was meant to be a nurturing, God-magnifying role carried out by women whose lives were testimonies of grace. Leading others along in their pursuit of God, taking by the hand those a little further behind us on our journey toward heaven and the prize of Christ himself, and letting them see the work of God in our own lives so that they too can be encouraged to “Keep going!” and “Never give up!” This is spiritual mothering. You don’t have to be a mother of children to fulfill this role. If you aren’t a mom or were never the recipient of loving mother-care, you can be this type of spiritual mother for someone else…in fact, you are desperately NEEDED to fill this role among God’s people (and those yet to be his people!).

Be the woman God wants to make of you. Become a spiritual mother to someone who needs nurturing and encouragement, correction and provision and godly love. Let the idea of a “Mother’s Day” take on a new meaning for you this year and every one to follow.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:5-7

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Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always “Enough” for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

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