I was reminded in church this morning of the importance of a Godly mother and the development of leaders. Today was special not only because it is Mother’s Day and I had the chance to be in church this morning with not only my mother, but my mother-in-law as well. I was also able to be there with my daughter-in-law and our son as they dedicated their son. It was a special day. But it also was an opportunity to consider the importance of mothers and to consider the impact of a mother’s dedication to raising a leader.
We worshipped in a typical Texas small town First Baptist Church. The people were warm and friendly and it was refreshing to my soul. The pastor spoke simply but eloquently and caused me to think again about the important leadership role that a mother plays in the lives of her children. And I have borrowed liberally from his message this morning in writing this piece.
Consider with me for a moment the Godly example of Hannah from the Old Testament book of First Samuel. The first few chapters tell us the following things and they are an example of the impact a Godly mother can have on her child for now and for eternity. Here is what I see from looking at these first few chapters in the book of First Samuel.
Hannah prayed desperately for God to give her the desire of her heart. She prayed deeply and earnestly that she would have a child – a son.
Hannah prioritized the raising of her child. She made sure that she taught him the things that would be important to him as an adult and that would prepare him for great things.
Hannah dedicated her child to God and to His service. She saw herself as serving a greater purpose than just feeding and diapering. She believed that she was a steward of the gift that God had given her.
Hannah was faithful to the responsibility to parent. She was dedicated and she was steadfast in her sacred task.
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