My Mother’s Translation

I heard a story once, about four preachers. One day, these four preachers were discussing the qualities of the various translations of the Bible. One preacher liked the King James Version, because of its wording, the beautiful English within its pages. Another liked the American Revised Version, because he believed it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek language. One liked the New King James Version, because of its word translation and fluency. But, the fourth preacher didn’t answer. He paused for a moment, and then said, “I like my mother’s translation best.” To the surprise of the other three preachers, they asked, “Your mom translated a version of the Bible?” Then, he said, “Yes, she translated it into life and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”

Often times, as children, we don’t learn to read the Bible on our own. We learned by watching our mother’s read the Bible. It isn’t bible class that teaches us Bible stories that inspire. It was the bedtime stories about Daniel, Noah, and Jonah from our mother’s that inspired us first. We did not learn how to worship God on our own, either. We learned by watching our mother’s worship God through song, prayer, and thankfulness. You see, Godly mothers teach their children by living their life as a walking translation of the Bible or, what I call, The Mother’s Translation. It is by a mother’s example, we learn to believe in God and stand firm in that belief (2 Chron. 20:20). It is by a mother’s example, we learn to love God (Luke 10:27). It is by a mother’s example, we learn to obey God (John 14:15). And, it is through a mother’s guidance we become a child of God and begin the journey to eternal life.

This weekend, as we honor our mother’s, let us honor the spiritual impact a mother has had on our life as well. An influence steeped in love, taught through a living example, that we can never repay.


Reader’s Verse of Encouragement: Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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