"Only" A Mom

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant” (Robert Louis Stevenson).
She was “only” a mom, and “all” she did was look after kids. Of course anyone who would repeat the previous sentence knows as much about raising kids as Michael Jackson knows about good taste in clothing! She was not the one people remembered — her husband was strong and articulate, a leader in the church and the community. She tended to the house, the meals, and the kids.
They lived on a farm, in the bottom lands of the Kansas River, the soil rich in nutrients. Her meals were from scratch (what other kind could there have been?). She went to church, sang like the first springtime robin, and planted seeds of kindness and godliness.
She raised ten children without the benefit of automatic washer and microwave. Two were missionaries to Africa, one a missionary to South America. Five more preached the gospel in the US. Every one of these men attest to their mother’s gentle influence, her Christian character, her effect on their lives.
How far did her influence reach? Across the world … and into eternity.
Slick Madison Avenue advertisers only dream of an influence as far reaching! Hollywood actresses hope for a following as large only in their fantasies! Yet it was a heritage she hardly sought, and would have been astonished to learn that she had.
All Maude Mitchell, my grand mother ever did was plant seeds. But that was all right, because someone else ensured that they grew!
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

One Reply to “"Only" A Mom”

  1. Stan, your article brought back many pleasant memories of my sweet mother, her difficulties during hard depression times, but her loyalty to my father and her children, and especially to the Lord. When she died she wasn’t written up in the brotherhood journals like many “up front” personalities, but in my judgment she was a giant among the saints of her time. Thanks for a most enjoyable reminder. Jim Oneal

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