"To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted. They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their deeds; they are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good deed."

Titus 1:15-16, RSV 


At first glance, one may wonder what this passage has to do with the importance of mothers, but it takes only a momentary thought to see why it is true. If your mom was like my mom then you know that it was often times she who was the difference between our lives going in a pure direction or a corrupt direction.


Our moms had a big investment in us. They carried us for nine months, they gave us birth (or adopted us to save us from a very difficult life), they nursed us, changed us, they powdered and pampered us. They walked the floor with us, laid awake listening for our breathing, and most importantly they prayed for us. 


And every day of our lives, they taught us the difference between purity and impurity. They taught us about God and Jesus, and they taught us about the devil and evil men. They taught us about Heaven, and they warned us about Hell. They taught us God's standards for truthfulness and honesty and righteousness. It was they who taught us that there really is a right way and a wrong way. They were not politically correct, for they would have betrayed God if they had been. 


They patched our clothes, sewed on our merit badges, ironed the team logos on our jerseys and helped us with our homework. They drove us to school and to practice and to the games. They helped us with our last minute projects (you knew about this for three weeks?), and baked cookies until midnight because we forgot to tell her that teacher needed them for the party tomorrow.


It was mom who sat us in her lap and read Bible stories to us. It was mom who taught us a million different lessons between right and wrong. They awoke us (and sometimes our dads) on Sunday mornings, miraculously made us look presentable, and took us to Sunday school and worship. 


Yes, I am convinced that it is our mothers whom God set as the first line of our defense from corruption by teaching us that purity is to be the standard, not an option.


So we thank you Mom, for all that you have done for us - we love you more than words can say!


"Her children rise up and call her blessed."


Today is the 71st day of the 90 day challenge to study the New Testament. Today's study is the book of Titus. May God richly bless your efforts!