Motherhood, the most important job

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A few years ago, while conducting a peer support group at a local high school, I asked this question: “What do you plan to do with your life after you’ve completed your formal education?” Some students wanted to be engineers, lawyers, nurses, computer programmers, accountants, etc.

One young lady really got the attention of the group. She said that she wanted to get married, be a good wife, have children and stay home and raise them. Some of the students laughed, and one asked, “Is that all you want out of life?” The young lady unashamedly said, “Yes, that’s what I want out of life.”

Of all the students in the group, this young lady, in my opinion, is going to tackle the most important job in the world – being a good mother and raising her children. How sad that we live in a society that no longer realizes the importance of motherhood.

Am I condemning the mothers who have to work? Definitely not! Am I trying to encourage mothers and mothers-to-be to raise their children at home? Absolutely!

Some psychologists say a child’s emotional pattern is set by the time he or she is 2 years old. Well-adjusted kids don’t just happen. Developing their hearts and spirits must be the main thing. A young child needs to be nurtured and encouraged as only a mother can.

This morning when I woke up, my only intention was to write a good Mother’s Day message. I apologize if I’ve offended anyone.

To all the mothers: I ask God to bless, protect and give you wisdom in handling your responsibilities.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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