Love…. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
When I think of this type of love, I can’t help but think of my mother and how she taught me what true love meant.
Bears all things…
My mother has been there to bear my burdens, never giving up. I can’t imagine how many times she may have wanted to quit on me as a teenager, but she withstood these difficult years, patiently guiding me to be more.
Believes all things…
There has never been a question in my mind whether my mother believes in the best of me. She has always told me that I could do anything I set my mind to, but not only that, she rebuked me so many times for being selfish, believing that my heart was capable of so much good.
Hopes all things…
Anytime something would go wrong in my life, my mother would profusely encourage me to seek for the positive. This encouragement taught me that there is always an opportunity in any challenge, and that I can always hope for better things to come in life no matter what trials I face.
Endures all things…
Books cannot contain all the stories of the times that my mother has endured hardships with me. My mother has and will persevere through every trial with me. I can run to her whenever I am distraught, and I know that she will love me even if I have done something horribly wrong.
As I raise my own children, I see the same love come out of me for them. This is the love that I have been blessed to learn from a mother who sacrificed all for my well-being and my children are now reaping the benefits of a love that never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. This is the legacy that my mother leaves for her family. A legacy of godly love that will last for generations!
Thank you, God, for giving me a mother that was perfectly suited for my needs. A mother that was willing to love me more than herself. A mother that I know will love me and nurture me through everything in life. A mother who has encouraged me to be the person that I am today. A mother that taught me about You and the beautiful sacrifice You made through the death of Your Son, Jesus. In Him, Amen.
Truth in love,