LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 Peter 4:8
Some of my fondest childhood memories were from Montana. The lessons learned from my beloved mother have carried over into my adult life. Let’s just say I wasn’t very graceful and obedient at the mature age of six. I would accept any “truth or dare” challenge. While I speak the truth today and no longer accept dare challenges, that makes me an adult, right? Are children still grounded today? In my mid-fifties, I am willing to go to my room anytime.
Of course, some of my childhood actions had consequences. I didn’t understand the big fuss from my parents, especially from my mom. My father made a career in the US Navy so raising three children, mostly on her own, must have been grueling at times.
Back to Montana… as a ready, willing and capable six-year-old, my friend and I asked strangers on horseback if they would take us for a ride. They asked if our parents were ok with this, “sure… not a problem (first mistake).” When returning home, all the excitement came to a screeching halt. Blue lights were glaring… this was not a blue light special. My excitement turned to panic with all the police cars in our driveway. My mom was worried, angry and grateful all at the same time. As my mother approached me in her firm voice “Patricia Lynne (both names indicate big trouble), “what have I told you about riding with a stranger?” I reminded her “but mom, you said in a car and never mentioned horseback.” Since I defended myself, I’ve always wondered if she turned her head slightly and giggled at my remark. Regardless, there comes the moment when you understand that there are some things you will never forget.
Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that may it be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth. Ephesians 6:1-3
Lessons Learned from our Mothers
HUMOR. So, I could write this blog. When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.
TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. If you are going to kill each other playing, take it outside. I just finished cleaning.
RELIGION. You better pray that will come out of the carpet
ANTICIPATION. Just wait until we get home.
TIME TRAVEL. If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into next week.
LOGIC. If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.
WEATHER. This room of yours looks like a tornado went through it.
CIRCLE OF LIFE. I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it.
ENVY. There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have great parents like you do.
RECEIVING. You are going to get it when we get home.
MEDICAL SCIENCE. If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way (please don’t dare me).
And my favorite: WISDOM. When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.
As our roles have reversed, the lessons she taught me have been implanted in my heart. It is an honor God has entrusted me to be her primary caretaker… it is my time to listen to her fears, dry her tears, comfort her and remind her she will always be loved. With her ailing health, I have learned to open my mind, open my eyes and open my heart. If my eyes of my mind and heart are not fully opened, there could be some love that I am not aware is present. When mom and I share memories, hold hands in comfort, I know the beautiful woman looking back at me loves me more than I can ever imagine.
These three things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
When we entrust our life to God through Jesus Christ, we become his children. I am sure He has all my wild west actions in “The Book of Life.” When I faithfully accepted Jesus into my heart over twelve years ago, His love for me was enough and life was no longer “about me.” To care for those who cared for us is one of the highest honors. Thank you, Jesus, you not only saved my life, but you enriched it with the plans you have made for me.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!
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