by Brad Whitt

A Mother's Influence
Brad Whitt
2 Timothy 1:5

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 undyin ...

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