INTRO: I want you to take your Bible's now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at 2nd Timothy chapter 1 if you would. 2nd Timothy chapter 1, and we're going to be focusing really on one verse this morning, verse number 5, and I want to talk to you for a few minutes here this morning about ''A Mother's Influence.''
ILLUS: Abraham Lincoln said, ''No one is poor who had a godly mother.'' He went on to say, ''I remember my mother's prayers, and they have followed me; they have clung to me all my life. All that I am and hope to be I owe to my angel mother.''
A mother's influence. We're here this morning to celebrate Mother's Day. And by the way, for those of you who haven't called Mom yet, let me give you some encouragement - make sure you call your mom just as soon as you get home. And all the mom's said? Amen.
But we're here to celebrate Mother's Day. That day that has been set aside, as President Woodrow Wilson said on May 9, 1914 when congress declared the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. President Wilson said that this day has been set aside as a time for ''public expression of our love and reverence for the mother's of our country.''
And I'll tell you, after all that our mother's do for us while we're growing up and even after we get out of the house, they deserve at least one day out of the year to be honored and to have gifts and calls and cards sent to them.
Have you ever thought about all of the roles that your mother filled while you were growing up? I just jotted down a few this week - and this list is by no means exhaustive. Nurse, counselor, spiritual advisor, educator, nutritionist, accountant, transportation center, maid, peacemaker, entertainer, and I came up with those in just a few minutes. There are so many other roles that our mothers fulfill each and every day.
And so, today, on Mother's Day, we want to say thank you to all of our mothers for your undying love, your untiring work, your unselfish giving and your undivided devotion. And this morning we want to honor you and bless you and thank you and encourage you for all that you have done and are doing to raise up this generation and the next.
ILLUS: Theodore Roosevelt - ''When all is said and done, it is the mother and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. The successful mother, the mother who does her part in rearing and training aright the boys and girls, who are the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she would only realize it, a more honorable as well as important position than any man in it. She is more important, by far, than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist or scientist.''
ILLUS: I heard about a little boy that forgot his lines in a Sunday School presentation. His mother was on the front row to help him just in case this happened. So, she waved her h ...
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