“Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Luke 12:25
A group of Christian mothers was asked to identify their top five worries. Here are the results of our less-than-scientific straw poll:
#5. Faith—“I worry that my kids won’t embrace their faith and make it the highest priority of their lives, or that my child won’t desire an authentic walk with the Lord. I worry about my children’s salvation and relationship with the Lord.”
#4. Competence—“I wonder if I’ve prepared my children to face the outside world? I worry about passing on our values and spiritual heritage to our children, and about maintaining a good relationship with them as they grow older. I worry about being a ‘good’ mother.”
#3. Marriage—“I worry about my child finding the right spouse, or finding a loving and caring partner. I worry that my children’s marriages may fail.”
#2. Health—“I fear for their mental and physical (AIDS/cancer) well-being. I worry about bullying. I’m concerned about the influence of the world and our culture on my children. I’m anxious about making my daughter feel secure and optimistic in a dangerous world.”
#1. Safety—“I worry about my child driving carefully. I worry about the children’s physical safety. I worry about raising a child in today’s world of violence. I am afraid that something or someone will hurt him or her.”
There is nothing surprising here, except the degree to which we all face the same struggles. Even if you’re not a mother, use this as a guide as you pray for a mother you know.
Take a few moments and pray for your own mother and/or another mother you know well.