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I often joke about Sarcasm being one of my “love languages.” There are a few close people in my life I can tease and they can harass me in return and it just our way of letting each other know that we love one another. Oddly enough, one of those people is my mom. She and I can banter back and forth with the best of them – but our jesting ends with a good laugh and simple statement like, “Man, I love you!”
One of the things I joke with my mom about is how old she is. In reality she is actually pretty young, yet I’ll tease her about being around to help Christopher Columbus build his ship or Dating George Washington in her teen years. Obviously she is not that old but she is now to the point that her kids are grown and almost all out of the house. And all joking aside, at this point in her life, I want her to be proud of the kid she’s raised in me.
In the 22nd verse of Proverbs 23 the Bible states, “Do not despise your mother when she is old.” This passage carries the idea of having love, respect and even honor for your mom, but focuses on not willfully disrespecting her. The Word “Despise” is translated “Buz” in the Hebrew language and it is used six times in the book of proverbs. It means to “To hold contempt, to belittle, or to ridicule.”
It can be easy for us to go beyond joking and actually put down or disrespect our mothers with our words. We get older as they get older and we start to think we are suddenly smarter than them. But how wrong it is for us to willfully loose all respect or reverence for them just because we think we’re right or have one up on them.
Proverbs 23 goes on to say, “Let the one who bore you rejoice.” This mother’s day lets all strive to love our mom’s by not despising them with our words or our lives. Wouldn’t it be great if on Sunday your mom to praise God because of the life she was able to create in you?