Mothers Worth Imitating
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Samuel 1; 2 Timothy 1,3
Today we are doing more than simply celebrating Motherhood, we're considering Mothers Worth Imitating.
There was a little girl who was about to say her part in a children's program at church. As she got into her place on stage and saw the large crowd, she panicked. Those lines she had memorized suddenly left her.
Fortunately for her, her Mother, who had helped her learn her lines, was sitting on the front row. Coming to her rescue, her mother whispered to her the words she had forgotten:
"I am the light of the world."
Suddenly, the panic look was gone. A big smile came across her face and with great boldness recited her lines,
"My Mother is the light of the world."
Well, at least she knew to imitate her mother, even though she got it wrong! I read about one little boy who imitated his mother and got it right, but was wrong!
It seems that he visited the Zoo one day on a school field trip. He was so excited about his trip to the Zoo. When he got home, he found his Mother and with great excitement in his voice he said, "Mother, I saw a giraffe today with a neck a mile long." She said, "Now son, I've told you a million times not to exaggerate." I wonder where he learned to exaggerate?
Well, Thank God today for Mothers worth imitating! That's what I want to talk to you about on this Mother's Day Sunday:
Now before we take a look in the Bible at two Mothers Worth Imitating, let me say that today's message is for all of us. This message is not merely directed to the Mothers, it is directed to all us.
God has some things to teach us FROM SOME MOTHERS, not simply TO THE MOTHERS or ABOUT SOME MOTHERS. And what He has for us today needs imitating and not like the little girl in the play: we need to get it right!
So where do we look in God's word to find some Mothers Worth Imitating? Well, a good place to start would be in 1 Samuel 1as we consider the first of two Mothers found in the Bible that are worth imitating. Now you will find more than two mothers worth imitating, in the Bible, but today we're going to consider two of them.
So take God's Word and join me in 1 Samuel 1 where we read about a Mother named Hannah. And what we find worth imitating in Hannah's life is this:
(1) Hannah was a Praying Mother.
1 Samuel 1.10, "And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish."
Hannah was not in a good marriage. In fact, she was one of two wives of a man named Elkanah (El ka nah). God's plan from the beginning was one man + one woman for all time. By the way, that's still God's plan. His plan has not changed!
Now, MAN may try to change it. The SUPREME COURT may try to change it. The PRESIDENT may try to change it. But God is not changing! He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
As our nation continues ...
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