“… when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice …”
— 2 Timothy 1:5
What influence has your mother had on your life? If someone wanted to quote you on the impact your mother has had on you, what would you say?
Many outstanding people in this world have attributed their accomplishments to their mothers. Thomas Edison, that famous inventor, wrote, “I did not have my mother long, but she cast over me an influence that has lasted all my life. The good effects of her early training I can never lose . . . My mother was the making of me.” Charles Spurgeon, perhaps the greatest preacher who ever lived, said, “I cannot tell how much I owe to the solemn words and prayers of my mother.” Dwight L. Moody, the great evangelist of a century ago, said, “All that I have ever accomplished in life, I owe to my mother.” We even have a statue to a mother in this country. We know it in another context—as the Statue of Liberty. Auguste Bartholdi, its sculptor, used his own mother as his model!
G. Campbell Morgan, one of the great preachers of this century, and his wife reared four sons, all of whom became ministers. At a family reunion, a friend asked one of the sons, “Which Morgan is the greatest preacher?” The son looked at his father for help in answering. His father replied, “Mother!” Her “preaching” had a great impact on their character!
Today, thank God for your mother and for the impact she has had on your life. Make sure to thank her, too, through a phone call, a letter, or a thoughtful gift. Let her know how much you cherish her and her influence.
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having
passed one more test, not winning one more verdict
or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not
spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent.”