Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stephen Colbert's Tribute to His Mother

The Colbert Report

This tribute reminded me that a mother remains a mother her entire life.

The fact that our children are grown doesn't mean our role is diminished.  Our love and support can and should endure as long as we live.  

Here are the lessons I learned from Lorna Colbert's example:
  • Make life in your home as much fun as possible.  
  • Hug your kids and teach them to hug each other.
  • Encourage singing, dancing, and play acting.  Approve of their silliness and participate with enthusiasm and smiles.
  • Teach them what you know.  She'd studied acting, but you might paint, garden, or write. Share it with them.
  • Embrace joy and resist bitterness when difficulty arrives on your doorstep.
  • Model faith and gratitude as lifestyle choices.
  • Pray for and with your kids.
  • Make it your aim to be a blessing in their lives for as long as you live.
Maybe like me you wish you could have a "do-over" with your kids.
Well, you can't.

But I've found the next best thing:

Another chance to do it better.  
Even if it's not perfect, I know I can never go wrong trying to bring love and joy to the life of a child.

Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Proverbs 31:28

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