Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. Proverbs 31:10-11
Amazingly, this Mother’s Day devotion is being written at my mother’s kitchen table. She is sitting opposite me doing her daily crossword puzzle. Already today, she has cleaned the house, gone shopping, prepared food for her grandson’s confirmation, and is baking goodies for church Bible class. Sitting next to mom is my wife Pam, who has been equally busy and had the added burden of dealing with me. Both are exceptional Christian women, wives, and mothers, and are far more valuable than rubies. With today’s prices, you might even say they were worth their weight in gasoline.
That’s an opinion that was shared last week by the Massachusetts firm, Salary.com. This company, which calculates what a person should be paid, has said that if mothers were reimbursed for their work they would earn around $140,000 a year. Sound like a lot? Not for a person who puts in a 92 hour week by being a housekeeper, day-care provider, teacher, cook, computer operator, launderer, janitor, domicile engineer, chauffeur, CEO, and psychologist. If you take all the jobs performed by a traditional mom, and paid her accordingly, she would bring in $138,095 a year.
And she would be worth every penny.
But I’m not just talking about “moms” here. I’m talking about Christian moms.
* A Christian mom may never have given biological birth, but she still reflects the love she has been given by Jesus to the children of those who have.
* A Christian mother may never be featured in the pages of People magazine, but she knows that she is high on the list of Jesus’ most beautiful people according to the wee ones entrusted to her care.
* A Christian mother may not love more, but she loves longer, knowing that the Savior’s story she shares speaks of eternity to generations yet unborn.
* A Christian mother knows she is a saved sinner entrusted with the upbringing of sinners who are smaller. She also knows that the word “saved” makes all the difference in her conduct of that trust.
This is why on this Mother’s Day, Christian children, even those who are 58-years-old, give thanks to the Lord for having let us meet Christian mothers and wives.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, even as You bestowed a great honor upon Mary, Your mother, You have given a great trust to Christian mothers. May they be given every gift they need to be Your representatives in their homes. In Your name, Amen.