My mother’s mantra
This past week my mother would have turned 104. She died when she was 64. But her wisdom didn’t die with her. The legacy she left me is this: BE A CREDIT.
Now, you might think that she could have at least been a little more spiritual, backing it up with scripture, etc. But, she was more clever than that… she wanted me to find the scripture myself that would support her wish for me personally. My sisters could search for their own.
Mom always wanted to be the last one to bed. We would watch the ten o’clock news while we had our tea. Sometimes we even watched a half hour of Steve Allen or Johnny Carson. Dad would go to bed and soon begin calling to her to ‘Come to bed, Lil.’ But, she rarely did. She told me later in life it was because if she was the last one to bed, she was the boss! What a surprising thing that was for me to know she had that need!
Well, that’s all a long time ago. Over the years BE A CREDIT has become my favorite farewell to my children and grandchildren. Every once-in-awhile one of them will ask me what it means. They will figure it out for themselves. This is what the Lord has challenged me with: I entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Paul’s letter to the Colossians says it this way:We continually ask God that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)
I can’t help but wonder if, like me for my children, my mother didn’t use those verses in her prayer for me. And, like me, she must have known and claimed Paul’s confidence in the Lord’s keeping power for the Philippians: For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you, will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
Knowing my mother as I do, I know she walked in meekness and love. She would be unbearably embarrassed if she heard me say it. But she taught through example the way to be a credit, a credit to the family, a credit to the Lord Himself.
Thank you, Lord, for my mother’s legacy… how to walk with You!
P.S. My grandkids LOVE to remind me to BE A CREDIT when I’m the one leaving! I think they get it.