Since it’s the week of Mother’s Day, I thought it appropriate to share a few mom memories. There are two things she used to say. Often.
My sister and I shared a bedroom growing up. We had bunk beds complete with ladder and safety rail. And I remember the color green. Kelly green. We had kelly green carpet, kelly green bedspreads, kelly green curtains, white wall paper with kelly green dots, and a kelly green bean bag chair. It was totally cool. And green.
Every morning, in an effort to wake us up for school, mom would prance into our room and head straight for the window. Ripping open the curtains exposing the blinding sun, she would produce her all too cheery wake up call, “Rise and shine!!!” Sometimes I just wanted to push the snooze button.
My sister and I also occasionally found little messages from mom written on our lunch bags. Again, it was usually something cheery with a smiley face. Funny, I repeated this tradition with my own kids. I’m certain they loved it.
Besides the rise and shine routine, I remember another oft repeated phrase from mom. “Rise above your circumstances.” I might be complaining about school work or having to practice my piano and somehow this phrase applied.
At the time, these mom-isms were a bit of an annoyance. It can be difficult to “rise above” or even “rise and shine” when all you want to do is pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep. Had I known my Bible better back then God’s words through Moses in Leviticus 19 may have been a good motivator, “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly…” HA! Just kidding, ma. You were the hippest mom on the block.
But, reflecting on her messages, I can hear the wisdom. Keep getting up and doing what you’re supposed to do even when you’re tired and don’t feel like it. Supply the motion and God will supply the emotion. Get your eyes off your circumstances and set your heart and mind on things above. Each day is a chance for a fresh start. Greet it with enthusiasm and expectancy. Show’em what you’re made of.
This is good stuff. I guess mother does know best.
Thanks, Mom. And Happy Mother’s Day. I’m still rising and shining and…
Giving God the glory,