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A full measure of devotion

The Rev. Jonathan Riddle is Pastor of South-Point Church in Fort Mill.
The Rev. Jonathan Riddle is Pastor of South-Point Church in Fort Mill.

This column is dedicated to all mothers. It has been said that in every generation, mothers answer the call to be what no one else can be, and to do what no one else can do for their children. It isn't that mothers can't do many other things, but if they refuse to accept their calling as mother some child ends up short changed and the empty space that mother leaves echoes for generations.

I don't think I'm overstating this, but the role of motherhood may be the most important role in life. It's tragic when a father dies with young children, it's incredibly tragic when a mother dies young.

Abraham Lincoln remarked, "I remember my mother's prayers and they have followed me. They have clung to me all my life. All that I am, all that I have, and all I hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

There is no higher calling than to be a parent, and specifically to be a mother. Once a women with a child approached D.L. Moody while she was holding the hand of her little boy. She said, "Mr. Moody, I believe that God is calling me to the Mission field to see people come to know Jesus Christ."

Moody responded, "God has already called you, and the one that needs to know Christ is the one holding your hand."

Elizabeth Elliot echoed the same thing:

"Too many women don't see motherhood as a vocation. The word vocation comes from the Latin word 'voice.' It means 'a call.' I do believe with all my heart that there is no higher and no holier calling than motherhood."

As someone who was a youth minister for eight years, I know of no more permanent imprint on a life than the one made by a mother. You will never get the credit you deserve, but even in secret, many already know, you are the real heroes. Continue to pour your life into your family, that your children grow up to love and serve God and change the world.

As Paul wrote to Timothy, "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. Fort this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you" (2 Timothy 1:5-6).