11 May An Exemplary Life
Mothers are a great source of encouragement and strength to our generation. Without a mother, home isn’t perfect. A child also needs to feel the impact of a mother while growing up. This is because children learn quality etiquette from their mothers whom they spend most of their time with. You may ask; what about fathers? Well, the role of fathers is unique in itself. God never intended the role of the mother to compete with that of the father. In essence, everyone has a part to play, and it becomes beautiful when united as one without comparison or competition.
Now! Back to mothers. Mothers are special, that’s why they are being celebrated around the world. Mother’s Day is a wonderful fun-filled day for all mothers. This is a period where love is shown to mothers like never before, from their husbands, children, friends, and family. As Mother’s Day draws close each year, all mothers wait in anticipation for it. This anticipation is often triggered by the amount of love shown to them in the previous years.
As a mother, I need you to reflect on your previous mothers days. The surprise parties, flowers, chocolates, cakes, appreciation letters, presents, love songs, dancing, fireworks and lots more. Why were you celebrated with so much love? The truth is, we all love to be appreciated. Appreciation is an indication of the level of impact we’re gaining on those around us.
Therefore, as a mother, you need to thrive at living an exemplary life worthy of imitation. Indeed, your position as a mother is already influencing others. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t be celebrated. But there is a need for maintenance. However, if your life isn’t, or you’re struggling to make a positive impact, there is still a chance for you to improve.
Kids are uniquely designed by God to watch and learn from their parents. This makes your role of being a mother important, as you’re a role model to your kids and others. Therefore, you’ll need the guidance of someone who knows the way better than you do, whose life is worthy of imitation.
That person is Jesus Christ who gave a perfect illustration of an exemplary life while on earth. I believe all mothers can follow His footpaths and make a tremendous impact. The easiest route to living an exemplary life is by “Abiding in Jesus Christ”. Only then can you bear impactful fruits. John 15:4 expounded this: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. Therefore, the secret to an exemplary life is Jesus. Stop striving and guessing your way through!
Allow Christ to take over your battle, then your victory is sure. Don’t resist the pruning process, He will accompany you through. While undergoing pruning, certain traits that aren’t conforming to the image of Christ begin to fade away because your life has been transformed and your mind renewed. This process might be difficult for some persons since you won’t be in control of your will rather Jesus Christ. But, it is worth it!
Afterwards, your life begins to produce impactful fruits. These fruits include love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). All fruits are solutions to challenges you might encounter in motherhood. Moreover, one must learn how to apply those fruits. For instance, when tempted to use abusive words on your kids due to anger, that’s when you should apply self-control.
Similarly, when facing marital troubles more love is required to solve the problem without issuing for a divorce. Therefore, an exemplary life becomes achievable as you yield your will unto God. As you celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day be reminded that your life is a guide to others. And lots of people are looking up to you.
Happiness Hassan is obsessed with godly lifestyle and loves sharing her faith with other women unashamedly.