Happy Mother’s Day weekend! I hope all the moms, who are able, enjoy some time with their families. I am looking forward to spending the afternoon with my daughter. And, of course, my thoughts turn toward my own mom. I just had a major milestone birthday and, indeed, as I officially “mature,” I am more and more like my mother. I certainly am continually influenced and impacted by her…and the memories that I have. I started to rehearse a few of those memories…and maybe one day soon, I will get some new ones down in words. However, for today, I am just going to repost some thoughts I shared several years ago. They were originally part of a FMF post but they so reminded me of her as I read them today. Enjoy. And if you have a special phrase that always “sounds just like my mom,” I would love for you to share it! Have a happy weekend!!
If I heard it once, I heard it at least 1000 times. My mother’s admonitions:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or (her favorite) Pretty is as pretty does
They may very well have been her mottos. Or, perhaps, a motto she hoped for me. It was her repeated attempt to shift my focus from the external – and all that I so often found lacking – to the internal. And, yes…Mom was right. But, truthfully, I have been a slower learner of this truth. Even in this phase of life, a distorted focus can too easily trip me up. The wrong focus quickly robs my joy, making me feel “less than,” unqualified, and defeated.
Godly character is beautiful. It outdoes any lipstick, cute hair-cut or the “perfect” figure. I like all the pretty things and try to look my best. Totally not against cute hair-cuts or make-up. But character shines past all of it. Not only does it please the heart of my savior, but it is also noticed by others. “Hmm – something about her. She is just so pretty.” All of us have seen it before. The radiance of godly character. That is “pretty is as pretty does.” I want to remember Mom’s words. I want to remember her character. Yes, she was beautiful. (She really was!) But she was beautiful inside as well. With that reminder, I don’t mind at all striving to become “just like my mom!!”