This past Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day. I hope the mothers in our church had a wonderful day being celebrated by their family for all the hard work they have done throughout the year. Or maybe your family celebrated the amazing women in your lives who made a huge impact even though they are not your mother.
Throughout our past and the church’s past, there are names of women who made a difference in the future of lives they touched. Under the stained glass in the sanctuary are the names of men and women whose families honored their contributions to the work of the church and the community. While I do not know the particulars of lives forever remembered on these plaques, I have no doubt they were regular men and women just like us. They strived each day to earn a living, take care of their families, raise their children right, and follow the calling God had for them in their local church.
We all remember women in our past and present who helped to shape our Christian walk and make us better. I have several women who come to mind throughout my childhood and in my adult years who have mentored me and helped me to become the woman, wife, and mother I am today. Their lessons about our walk with God and discussions on being a Godly wife and mother are areas I still recall to this day. They are normal women who strive to do their best for God and their families, and along the way pour their wisdom into those who need it most.
Recently in our weekly family devotions, we have learned about the women who became Jesus’ great grandmothers. Women who made so many mistakes that even to this day we would consider them some of the lowest in society. Several of these women were prostitutes, one came from an idol-worshipping culture, one committed adultery, and the mother of Jesus had a teenage pregnancy. Yet these women are honored in Matthew 1 not for their mistakes, but as women who feared the Lord. Out of their fear, devotion, and love for the Lord, they become known as everyday women who become part of the greatest genealogy of all time. Their beauty came from their Godly legacy which we still celebrate today.
We can leave an amazing Godly legacy in the lives we touch daily. I hope in my every day I am helping my husband to be the man God is continually changing him to be, I am raising Godly women who will one day leave their mark on this world for God, but I hope those who meet me will leave changed, and encouraged to do what God is calling them to do. I am an everyday woman, but I want to leave a legacy to my children as a woman who “feared the LORD.” Have you thought about what legacy you are leaving behind? Will you be remembered as one to be praised for your fear of the Lord?