Everyone Needs Their Momma
I was impressed with a young man I met while at a recent conference down in Florida. He was in his early twenties, well spoken, and seemed to have his act together. I had the chance to meet his mother, later that evening.
“I’m impressed with your son.” I complimented the mother. “I have two young boys myself, what is your secret?” I inquired.
“Two things.” She responded. “First, I keep an open relationship with my son, and hold him accountable to the truth. He may lie or equivocate with his friends, but I don’t allow it.” She smiled. “Second, at the end of the day, he always needs his momma, so I remain that safe place for him.”
I don’t remember my dad showing a lot of emotion when his father passed. In contrast, Dad cried openly at his mother’s funeral after she passed away several years later.
When I’m hurting and the world rejects me, I often feel the urge to contact my own mother for comfort and when one of my kids gets hurt, they seek out their mother, not me, for comfort. Why do we endear our mothers so much?
There is an undeniable and natural bond that holds a mother and child close, a nurturing instinct that we all desire and when that is taken away from us, we feel exposed and vulnerable. A mother’s unconditional love is like a warm blanket in the midst of a cold winter that everyone needs to experience, which is why it’s tragic to witness a motherless child.
It’s easy to forget and lose that nurturing spirit. We tend to trample over one another as we move onto our next task and forget that were experiencing life together. Life can be cruel and humanity even crueler. I find myself rushing from task to task as I strive to better myself and my family’s situation. I try to remind myself that everyone I meet is battling something in their life and I need to show them grace.
Nurturing does not come natural to me, but grace is something I can offer and we can all use a little grace in our lives. A moment of understanding in times a conflict, or some empathy for the frustrated traveler or a little help for the person trying to get to their destination. We can all learn from the relationship between a mother and her child and look at each other through a mother’s eyes and see the beauty in our humanity. Nothing can replace the warmth of a mother’s embrace, but a little love from our fellow man can be a welcomed comfort. Show a little grace and maybe even a little love to someone today, and send a ripple through the universe that will make God smile.