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Topic: Break (02/06/06)
TITLE: A Donkey And Her Colt
By Joyce Samuel
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Many children are unruly and wild today because their mothers are too occupied trying to make a living or a name. A good number of mothers are busy trying to prove that they can excel in a 'man's world', and I respect their choice. I'm even proud of some of them.
However, I know of one mother who refused to move with the crowds and run helter-skelter in pursuit of 'things'. Her rather adventurous son really would have preferred to run around and explore the world - why, it all looked so interesting! But his mum chose to remain in a particular place, as if in expectation of something (a big break?). And so the poor boy had to suppress his own desires and wait alongside his mother, fighting feelings of impatience and the beckoning of the world.
To say the least, his mum had her challenges too. Her friends laughed at her and wondered why she would live such a boring, predictable life: just waiting. It actually did cross her mind to seek some fun and adventure; for what if the big break never came? But she waited.
Then one fine day, IT came at last! Both mother and son were loosed, and oh the glory, as men, women, and children spread their clothes on them and on the ground upon which they walked! "Wow!" thought the little boy, "if this is why we have been waiting all these years then it is all well worth it. I wouldn't have missed this for the entire world!" The wonderful mum and her son got THE big break and were greatly honoured.
You'll see this story in Matthew 21:1-8, and perhaps learn a valuable lesson from a donkey and her colt.
As a mother, please be all you can be: be great, affect your world positively, and pursue your dreams. But above all, be where your children can copy your example; and let the example you set be of the kind that can bring them to a place of honour in God's sight. Failure in this might rob you of your boast in other areas of success.
The Lord is your strength mothers!
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