Reflecting on Mother’s Day

I found the following while searching for Mother’s Day quotes:

Mother’s Day Reflections

I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.
I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.
I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.
I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.
I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.
I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.
I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.
I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you.
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.
I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.
I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.
I can tell you the facts of life, but I can’t build your reputation.
I can tell you about drink, but I can’t say “no” for you.
I can warn you about drugs, but I can’t prevent you from using them.
I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can’t achieve them for you.
I can teach you about kindness, but I can’t force you to be gracious.
I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make you moral.
I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God’s family.
I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.
I can love you with unconditional love all of my life…and I will!

Author ~Unknown

I searched for the author of this, but was unable to find the individual to credit.

Its words blessed me. I pray they bless you too.
As moms we instruct and invest. We do our best and want the best for our children.
But ultimately the best thing we do is love – unconditionally love.

One final thought to begin your Mother’s Day weekend.

Not every adult woman has warm fuzzy feelings about this holiday. There are those who long to become mothers. Others who are mothers but have lost  a child to death or rejection. There are some who are unable to care for their children as they would like.

This day can be a reminder of pain rather than a celebration of joy.

So, I would just like to remind you to be kind, caring, and compassionate. Extend love to someone you know who might need an extra measure of encouragement from you this weekend.

And whether or not you are a mom . . . you are definitely a child.

A child who is loved by the Lord with unconditional love forever, and ever, and always. 

3 comments

  1. Mel
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    says:

    Love it. I’ll be sharing it with my kids! I think another way to comfort a woman who doesn’t have children on mother’s day is to give her a card and thank her for being like a mother to you or your kids.

    • Deb
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      says:

      Thanks Mel, I hope that other moms will feel free to share is with their kiddos as well. Thanks for the suggestion of sharing a card with the women in our lives who have been an encouragement and share God’s love. Great idea! Happy Mother’s Day to you my dear friend!

  2. Connie says:

    what a wonderful poem- it is sooo true!!!! Thank you for sharing this. Some of the greatest things I’ve read (poems and otherwise) seem to be anonymous and I wish I could find out who actually wrote it….but maybe that makes it all the stronger- that it is written without someone taking credit for it!

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