…by just observing her.
Today Thursday, October 22 would have been my mom’s 82nd birthday. I learned a lot from my mom, but the things I learned the most, she did not utter any words.
I just watched her do all the things I do now.
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
My mom loved God’s word. I can remember stopping there around lunchtime a few times a week and she would be studying the word of God on the kitchen table. And of course, I was inundated with what she learned. The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:97 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day. That is how it seemed to me back them, especially in the ’80s and ’90s. It was all she ever talked about.
Of course, my mom studied God’s word. I remember her quoting 2 Timothy 2:15 to me all the time. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
From My Mom’s Bible!
I remember back in 2001 when I started teaching in Sunday School at my Church she would say in her King James version. Lenny, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. She would say get the scriptures right, but that takes work! I have tried to do that ever since.
Finally, she loved to share God’s word. I would watch her write out verses and place them on the walls of their house. I saw all the poems she wrote about God’s word, about Jesus and the Gospel. All the tapes she sent to people, all the conversation she had with family and friends sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I remember the exact time I actually started to put my faith into practice and my pastor shared a verse with me and told me that this was his prayer for me. It was Philemon 6 and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. My mom did that, and my pastor’s prayer was that I would too. My mom loved to share the gospel and her faith, and it was effective.
That being said, there is one more thing I learned from observing my mom and that was there were consequences for sharing what she learned from the Word of God, and it wasn’t always good. There was rejection from people and family who heard the truth from her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She was relentless in sharing her faith, she wanted to see people saved.
But it cost her, it cost her a lot. Jesus makes it clear in Luke 14:25-33 when He talked about what it takes to be His disciple, What it took for my mom was loving Him more than her family and friends. But it came with a price, the price of rejection from some, but approval from God.
Sharing the word of God as my mom did, as I do, sometimes does not make you popular. I think it took a toll on my mom eventually. But I can imagine when she passed on to her heavenly home, she was greeted by her Lord who said “Well done good and faithful servant.”
I would guess if I could ask her now,
Mom, was it worth it?
She would say…
Lenny, it was!
*Emphasis Mine-Some Pictures Mine.