Our Bible verse for today: “Don’t let your beauty consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and wearing gold jewelry, but rather what is inside the heart – the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It’s the kind of person you are that matters most”
My mother was the greatest woman I ever knew. She was kind, gracious, and friendly towards everyone. She genuinely liked people and she cared about them. For many years she worked as a deli clerk in a local grocery store in our hometown, and she came to be known as “The Deli Lady”. Everyone knew my mother, and people often went to the store just to see her because they enjoyed talking with her so much.
In addition to being such a nice person she was also a great mom. She spent hours upon hours with us six kids playing games, organizing neighborhood activities, teaching us to play baseball and football, building snow forts, and so much more. Our house was the hub of the neighborhood, all the kids hung out at our house because there was always something going on. My Mom also taught us how to cook, bake, and sew, and she had us in church every Sunday.
We were the poorest family in the neighborhood by far, so our house was small, it was seldom clean, and we never had much money. But none of that mattered because we did have my mother – and she made life fun for all of us. She was the kind of woman Peter wrote about in 1 Peter 3:3-4. She was a truly good and godly woman, and that made all the difference.
I had the privilege of caring for my mother for the last eleven years of her life. She died on April 12, 2012, and so Mother’s Day 2012 was the first time in my life when my mother wasn’t here on Mother’s Day for me to honor. So that year, as a final Mother’s Day gift, I wrote an essay about her entitled, “What Makes A Woman Truly Beautiful”. It was based upon 1 Peter 3:3-4 and it illustrated how it is that godly attributes make all the difference in a person’s life – regardless of any other circumstances. If you would be interested in reading that essay let me know and I would be happy to send you a digital copy of it. The story is about my mother but the lesson pertains to all of us, women and men alike – it’s who you are, not what you have, that really matters.
The real measure of your life isn’t determined by what’s in your bank account, but by what’s in your heart.