I’m writing this blog four days before Mother’s Day.  My kids are frantically planning how to honor their mother.  I’m trying to help them without pushing them to a particular choice.  And one thing happened this year that I really didn’t expect.
I miss my Mom.
She passed away 11 years ago.  I think this year she has come to my mind more often than in the last few years because I’ve seen her.  I’ve seen her spirit of adventure in my oldest daughter who climbed into a boat and went over a class IV series of rapids armed with a paddle, absolutely no experience, and a perpetual smile.  I’ve seen her determination in my youngest daughter who carefully unwraps sore feet after ballet class and then looks up to ask me when she gets to take the next class.  I’ve seen her love of God’s creation as my kids both laid out gardens this spring, planted seed, built trellises, and covered the young plants from the late frost.
In FX we talk a lot about how one generation influences the next.  That’s true.  My mother put the idea in me that God is a God of joy.  He put us here to swing on hanging vines, jump into ice cold springs, and make up reasons to go to Dairy Queen.  She always helped me to see that there wasn’t a bad day that could survive the attack of a piece of pie and laughter.
I miss her.  Maybe the last thing she taught me is that one generation does not only influence the next.  Our faith echoes into our children.  And it continues to echo into our children’s children.
If you are a mom, I don’t have to tell you that your job is important – maybe the most important.  Thank you.  You are doing a great job, even when you feel like you aren’t.  Your influence will go far even when your kids aren’t listening, have to be told twice, and leave the door open for the fourth time that day.
If you are a leader in an FX environment, please do everything you can to give moms the tools, encouragement, and love to help their kids grow in wisdom, faith, and friendship.  They will be influencing the kids in your environment … maybe until they become the parents in the audience.