Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Gospel Reading for today: Luke 11:42-46
"One of the teachers of the Law said to Jesus, 'Teacher, when you say this, you insult us'." Luke 11:45

We are all called to always speak the truth. Speaking or hearing the truth can be very uncomfortable at times. I know very few people who enjoy confrontation. However, Jesus is telling the Pharisees that they have been complete hypocrites and this made them feel insulted because they did not like what they were hearing.

As mothers, we have to speak up for the truth. I believe living and speaking the truth teaches children how important it is to live a life of truth, own up for their wrong doings and sometimes do things they don't want to do. So many today point the finger at others instead of admitting when they are in the wrong. Parents today are not teaching children work ethic and responsibility because the children "don't want to clean their room or they don't want to mow the lawn" and the parents are giving in! We get lazy in our parenting and sometimes we do not discipline like we should. This is crucial in teaching them responsibility and to own up for their wrong doings. We have to teach our children that in life you have to do things you sometimes don't want to do. I remember growing up on a farm and ranch, my dad made my sister and I mow all summer and we would dread for days ahead as the grass started to rise. We were also in 4-H and showed livestock. Our dad would make us go out to the barn to feed our animals and break ice in freezing weather. At the time, we didn't want to do it but the lessons learned were invaluable. My father taught us integrity and responsibility by making us do what we didn't want to do.

Throughout our lives as mothers, we will be confronted with the easy road of keeping our mouths shut and not causing an uproar or we will have the chance to speak the truth and stand up for what is right. Remember, although it is sometimes hard to speak the truth, our children's character lies mostly in our hands and there is not a more important aspect of character that we can teach our children than integrity.

Just as Jesus spoke the truth, He wants us mothers to follow His example and speak the truth.....always! I am going to work hard on this lesson for today. As easy as it is to know it and write it, it is much harder to live it. Motherhood truly teaches us to work on being better people!Have a blessed Wednesday!

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