Mom and Me 1972
May 05 2020


My mom was the queen of coincidence. She saw meaning in everything. It’s in my DNA to see beauty in the text that “just happens” to fall on mothers day during my series in Philippians.


What Paul commands all of us to do in following the example of Jesus, Mothers do naturally. In fact, other than Jesus, I don’t know anyone else who checks all the boxes.


“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.”

Check. You may have had kids for those reasons, but that got cured quickly.


“Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”

Check. It’s kind of the job description.


“not looking to your own interests”

Check. Does mom even remember what her interests were anymore?


“but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Check. It’s just how she rolls.


In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:3–5, NIV)


Moms do this so well, that without blasphemy I can quote the great poem about Jesus that follows with only minor modifications to make it an ode to moms everywhere.


An Ode To Mom, The Image Of Christ


“Mom, being the closest thing on earth to God,
did not consider her likeness to God
something to be used to her own advantage;
rather, she made herself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant.

Being made in Christ’s likeness.
And being found in appearance as a woman,
she humbled herself by having children—
even ungrateful children!

Therefore God exalted her to the highest place
and gave her the name that is above every name (but one),
that at the name of mother every knee should bow, (at least once a year)
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that
Moms are like Jesus, to the glory of God the Father.” (adapted from Philippians 2:6–11)


Thanks moms for representing Jesus so well. – Todd

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