They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Luke 18:37 If Jesus was walking by, what would you do? Would you crouch down, hoping that He wouldn’t notice you? He would stop anyway. Jesus would call you over and say to you, “What do you want me to do...
“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.