This week my Mum was promoted to heaven.
She was 95 years old and until her final days was active and healthy. In fact, her last week saw her attend the Lifeline Brass Blokes Awards night (pictured above) as well as her great grandson being dedicated at Church.
If I had to narrow it down to what I am most thankful to my Mum for, it would be her lasting eternal legacy. Let me explain.
She made some brave decisions at age 54. After separating from my Dad, I remember how hard Mum would work to find cleaning jobs at night while offices were closed and even got her driver’s license, something she was proud of her entire life.
Not only that, but that was when she started a relationship with Jesus and became a Christian. This new life gave her hope, strength and joy.
I can remember Mum sitting for hours with her Bible, a notebook and studying with the help of audio teaching tapes and various resources.
Raising a teenage boy without his Dad in the picture, Mum knew I needed to have healthy male role models and she started taking me to Full Gospel Business Men’s breakfasts, prayer meetings and Church services.
It was at those meetings Mum introduced me to Christian men who were successful in their careers, had healthy relationships with their family and were not addicted to life controlling habits.
As a single Mum, she was laying the foundation for my future and it is because of her selflessness and courage, her commitment to Jesus, and even her ability to reach out and find help in her time of need, that I am who I am today.
If Mum had not been the brave person she was, I would not have met my wife Lenore at Church or raised my two beautiful girls in a healthy family environment.
Yes, my Mums’ legacy is having generational impact.
When I look back and realise that my Mum was my age and older when I was in my teenage years, I’m amazed at her energy, stamina and zest for life. Right up until her last week, her life was full of blessing.
Mum made me who I am today because of the choices she made to raise me in the right environment. She courageously turned my life around for the better.
What we can all learn from my Mum’s life:
It’s never too late to make a change for the better;
We need to do what we can and leave what we can’t to God;
Jesus never leaves us;
We need the help of others and we need to be a help to others;
God’s Word is life changing;
To live today with as much enthusiasm and energy as we have and get up tomorrow and do it all again; and
The last half can be the best half.
Thank you Mum, until we meet again.
July 31, 2015 at 7:52 am
That is awesome Phil and what a legacy. Thank God for Christian mums and dads who raise their kids to know Christ and live by example. I thank God for my parents who did the same and are 94 and 92.
July 31, 2015 at 7:54 am
Thanks for sharing your mum’s story, Phil. An inspiration.
July 31, 2015 at 8:23 am
Our sincerest regards to your family.
July 31, 2015 at 9:15 am
So beautiful and so inspirational! Thankyou SO much for sharing!
August 7, 2015 at 8:31 am
Thank you Diane, appreciate you reading and taking time to comment.
July 31, 2015 at 11:14 am
We were very sorry to hear of your Mum’s passing Phil, you have paid a beautiful tribute to a truly lovely woman who on first meeting you couldn’t help but be so impressed with her warmth and obviously great love for God. Love to Lenore and all the family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. With much affection from John & Patricia
August 7, 2015 at 8:32 am
Thanks John appreciate your kind words mate.
July 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm
What a courageous woman!
August 7, 2015 at 8:32 am
Yes she was thanks Clare.
July 31, 2015 at 5:12 pm
Bless the memory of such a courageous woman! Thanks Ps. Phil for sharing the insights. May you and your family find great comfort and strength in the wonderful memories of mum and the hope to see her once again!
An enduring generational legacy of inspiring the knowledge of, and obedience to God remains a cardinal reason for God’s choosing to reveal Himself to us. “For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has promised to him”. Gen.18:19.
I am therefore very confident that every Godly aspiration that mum ever received from God regarding her children and their children, she WILL SEE EVERY single BIT of it. Let not our mortality veil us from the understanding of the fact that there is any greater a loss when we leave this earth than if we’d remained longer if we die in Christ; especially more so, when we by God’s grace made use of opportunity He’d given us while on earth to impact our immediate families and communities for Him.
Bless you indeed Ps Phil & family,
August 7, 2015 at 8:33 am
Thank you so much may the Lord continue to be gracious to you and your family.
July 31, 2015 at 7:49 pm
Wow! Such an inspirational story – that is so beautiful Phil. Thinking of you and your family this week.
August 7, 2015 at 8:34 am
Thanks Jayne. Looks like your having a great holiday. I loved Budapest.