Strong Mothers Make Homes Where Strong Men and Women Grow!
If death had not entered a home, Mother’s Day might not have been established. Very often the good angel of mercy changes our mourning into a song of joy.
Over a hundred years ago a letter was dropped in a mail box in Philadelphia, which started the movement for Mother’s Day. In 1906 a mother died and her devoted daughter, Miss Anna Jarvis, felt the loneliness of the approaching first anniversary of her mother’s passing and invited a friend to spend the day with her. The historic day was Sunday, May 9, 1907. On that day, Miss Jarvis told her friend of her desire to dedicate a day to all mothers before the next anniversary of her mother’s death. She interested many people and organizations in the observance of the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Miss Jarvis wrote thousands of letters to influential men in all walks of life and pleaded for the observance of the day.
State after state adopted the day and in May 1913 a resolution passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives to make the second Sunday in May a national holiday dedicated to the memory of “The best mother in the world, your mother.” The movement has spread throughout the United States and is generally observed in England and has reached other countries.
Good mothers make good homes. Good homes make the foundation of this country. With observance of Mother’s Day this year let’s turn our thoughts with a new devotion to God and help build better homes. Homes where strong men and women will grow.
How we need strong leaders today in these years of constant crisis! Have you ever noticed that God has a way, in a decisive time, of bringing forth a leader in the hour of need? Where are these leaders? In order for these strong leaders to grow, our homes must have certain qualities:
HOMES WHERE LOVE GIVES SECURITY.
The first quality is the profound sense of togetherness and love. Children gain strength from the security of love. It may seem strange to speak of strength and love in the same breath. In our modern world we are conditioned to think of love as sentimentality. What has love to do with courage, strength, and ruggedness? It has everything to do with it.
Great, bold, strong, courageous young people come from homes where they know they are loved, respected, and honored. This builds their self-respect and confidence.
HOMES THAT STIMULATE SELF RELIANCE.
In order to develop homes for the training of strong leaders, teaching the power of self-reliance and learning to stand strong and confront and overcome difficulties is a must.
This approach to life is what we must recapture in America, if we are to develop homes for the training of strong leaders.
Theodore Roosevelt trained his children for self-reliance. He would dress them in old clothes and take them for a hike. He would make a rather rugged game of it. Each one was stationed a considerable distance from the other, and then was told to hike straight forward for a couple of miles. He was not to side step any difficulty. If he came to a stream, he must swim it. If he came to a swampy place, he must wade it. If he came to a steep hill, he must climb it. But in any event, he must conquer obstacles; he must master difficulties and keep on pressing forward toward his goal.
That is the sort of training that is needed by youth today. A wise parent trains his child in hardiness, adventure, self-reliance, and independence.
HOMES WHICH GIVE A SENSE OF VOCATION.
A good home gives an awareness and assurance that their life has significance. They have a purpose and a mission to fulfill.
It does not kindle false dreams or burdens the child with impossible ambitions. Neither does it encourage them in superficial status-seeking or confuse pedestals with reality. Not every child can be president of the United States, Secretary of State, or head of a big corporation. This is not the path to self-fulfillment.
HOMES WHICH PASS ON THE GREAT TRADITION OF FAITH.
The clash of ideologies in the world today is so serious that no parent can evade their responsibility or shift it to someone else. Let your children hear you pray and read your Bible. Help your growing children understand the majesty and beauty of your faith.
If we make our children centers of creative love, teach them strong self-reliance, instill vocational aspirations and pass on our deep abiding faith, they will become strong leaders of tomorrow.
Blessings to you this Mother’s Day,
~ Mary Ann Blount