Christian minister and author, Dr. Lowell D. Streiker, said the greatest Mother’s Day tribute he heard came from a very successful businessman. He said, “Yes, I am a self-made man—but the blueprints came from my mother.” (An Encyclopedia of Humor).
This is not only a great tribute to one’s mother, it is a fitting description of what it takes to be a godly mother. For godly mothers are like the blueprints of a building—they portray the plans for building the lives of their children upon the principles of God’s Word. Thus, when their children grow up to lead their own lives, they will be able to enjoy the benefits of the things they learned from their blueprint moms.
Ever since Adam and Eve, motherhood is a blessing that comes from God. “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; The fruit of the womb is a reward,” (Psalm 127:3). Blueprint moms recognize that since children are their reward from God, they do their best to train and teach their children the ways of the LORD as they develop and grow.
Moms who are devoted to Christ provide the blueprints of godliness in the home. Such a mom is fully aware that her primary function as a woman is to bear and rear children. First Timothy 2:15 says, “But women shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint,” (New American Standard Bible, NASB).
Blueprint moms strive to model “faith, love, and sanctity” as a good pattern for their children to follow. In turn, as moms pass along their faith to their children, they will be able to know the LORD and be saved.
This is precisely the way young Timothy came to know Christ and serve him in ministry. The Apostle Paul commended Timothy for his faith which was handed down to him from his grandmother to his mother. “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and you mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well,” (2 Timothy 1:5). We can safely say that Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and mother, Eunice, were blueprint moms that had quite an influence on his life for serving the Lord.
And there are many other blueprint moms in the Bible we could point to. Some who come to mind are Sarah (Gen. 21:6); Jochebed (Exodus 2:1-3; 6:20; Heb. 11:23); Hannah (1 Samuel 1:22); Elizabeth (Luke 1:41); and Mary, the mother of our Lord (Luke 1:46). Though all of these women had faults of their own, their faith was such that their children were tremendously influenced to serve the Lord in wonderful ways, having a great impact on the lives of many even to this day.
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for moms to do their share in training and nurturing children in the Lord. Through setting a good example and providing sound Biblical teaching, blueprint moms can leave an indelible impression upon the lives of their children that will bring many blessings.
Proverbs 31:27-31 says,
She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
“Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
Interestingly, these and the other words written in Proverbs 31, were inspired by King Lemuel’s own mother (v. 1).
And, yet, while there are many blessings in this life for having blueprint moms, there are even more to come.
The greatest reward for blueprint moms lies in the one that will be received when Jesus returns to set up God’s everlasting Kingdom on the earth. What a glorious Day it will be when faithful moms and their saved sons and daughters will receive the reward of eternal life—when families of all the ages will be joined together again to reign with the Lord. This should be the goal of all those who truly aspire to be blueprint moms.
Good News to YOU!
And Happy Mothers Day to all mothers!
P.S. A mother’s love through Christ is the hallmark of a blueprint mom. Here is “This Amazing Love (Mother’s Day Song)” in honor of our mothers, https://youtu.be/xll5tDJOoI0