by Jerry Watts

What I Can Learn from a Mom
Jerry Watts
Matthew 20:20-23

READ ''Things moms teach us.''

Mothers teach us about foresight: ''Make sure you wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident.''
Mothers teach us about logic: ''If you fall out of that tree and break your neck, don't come crying to me.''
Mothers teach us about maturity: ''Eat your vegetables or you'll never grow up.''
Mothers teach us about religion: ''You better pray that comes out of the carpet.''
Mothers teach us about time travel: ''If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!''
Mothers teach us about contradictions: ''Shut your mouth and eat your dinner!''
Mothers teach us about contortionism: ''Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck?''
Mothers teach us about perseverance: ''You are going to sit here until you eat every last piece of that broccoli.''
Mothers teach us about genetics: ''You're just like your father.''
Mothers teach us about the weather: ''It looks like a tornado swept through your room.''
Mothers teach us about the circle of life: ''I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.''

One of the tasks of mothers has been and is ''teaching.'' When we are young, very few (if any) hold as much influence over children as mom. That is why when the football player waves to the camera, he says, ''Hi Mom.'' Dad may have taught him to play football, but mom is the big number. That is why when airliner was going down, the little black box records the last words of the pilot as, ''Mom, I love you.'' Our ladies are seemingly always on the front lines of family, giving unselfishly that their families may have.

This morning we have read a scripture which is frequently used to illustrate seemingly negative things and rightly so. At first blush, the story is of a mom trying to ''weasel'' her boys into the best seats in the house in the Kingdom. I simply say ''the Kingdom'' because it seems to me that this mom didn ...

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