I learned many valuable things from my mother. Here are a few of them.
I learned many valuable things from my mother. Here are a few of them:
- Quit doing that with your face; it could stick that way.
- Don’t run with those scissors; you could put your eye out.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you.
- Finish your food; there are millions of people starving overseas. (A tip: It’s not a good thing to reply, “Name one.”)
- Don’t cry wolf; people won’t believe you when it’s real.
- Shut the door; you weren’t born in a barn.
- And don’t slam it.
More importantly, I learned many things by observing her life. Here are some of them:
- People are important.
- People going through trials need encouragement.
- Letting people know you’re praying for them and thinking of them is deeply meaningful to them.
- You can effectively minister to people even if you’re homebound.
My mother always cared about people, and this didn’t cease after she became homebound because of strokes. She continued a barrage of encouraging notes until Alzheimer’s eventually stole her memory.
Even then, when she needed full-time care in a nursing home, she would commonly touch other residents and say, “I love you.” Her love of people, though clouded by hazy memories, never receded.
Looking back, I have learned from my mother. I eat more vegetables, usually shut the door, and I never run with scissors.
More than that, I have learned how very important people are – and that sometimes, to get through a difficult time, they only need to know that someone cares about them and is praying for them.
That’s something everyone can do.