Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Changing Lives - A Mother and Son Story

I asked my son if he could remember any film that reminds him of good mothering.  He immediately recollected the movie “Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/

What a great choice.  What I remember most about this film was when the mother (portrayed by Sandra Bullock) was having lunch with her wealthy friends.  They were patting her on the back for helping a young man who did not have a home or an education.  Sandra Bullock‘s friends were affirming her desire to change this young man’s life.  Her response is superb “No, he’s changing mine”.

Mothering, a form of parenting, that is often referred to a choice in life that tests our endurance in unconditional and sacrificial love.  Although this is true, I think as mothers we can always thank our children for what they teach us.  Without children or family to care for, we would be endlessly selfish, believing in our core that we are the centre of the universe.  Taking care of children reminds us of how we need transformation by God’s Spirit so that we can give our children a taste of God’s love in their lives.

Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to remember our mothers and other significant caring women in our lives.  It is also a day to be thankful for our children, who remind us that we are fragile, insecure and in need of a saviour.  Praise our God that the children in our lives keep us on our knees in prayer, asking for His spirit to soften their hearts and ours as well.  What a privilege it is for our children to remind us that we are also in need of changing “inside out”.
Margaret Icke

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