As a tribute to moms who bring order from chaos, here’s my Mother’s Day version of the creation story.
In the beginning, mom created the breakfast and the lunch.
The house was without form–and void–and darkness hovered over the faces of deep sleep.
And mom said, “Let there be light.” And there was light. And although her children did not appreciate the light at 6:30AM, mom saw that the light was good. And there was evening and there was morning another day.
And mom said, “Let the waters of the bathroom be gathered together in one place, and let the dry ground stay dry.” And mom called the waters “bath,” and the dry ground she called, “the rest of the bathroom.” And mom saw that it was good.
And mom said, “Let every lunchbox sprout with vegetables after their kind, at least one serving of fruit, and only a single cookie; and let this house bring forth dirty laundry from its firmament.” And there was evening and there was morning another day.
And mom said, “Let the lesser lights that govern the house by night yield to the greater light that governs the house by day; indeed, may the lesser lights be turned off when leaving the room. And it was so.
And mom said, “We have made children in our own image, male and female we have created them, although the boys really could use a haircut.” And mom said, “Be fruitful and multiply; not only so, add, subtract and divide according to your teacher’s instruction. And mom blessed them and said, “I have given over to you every animal of the downstairs and every fish of the upstairs. They will be yours to feed.” And it was so.
By the seventh day mom had matched every sock after its kind and kissed every boo-boo. So, mom blessed the seventh day because on it her family let her rest from all the work she had done.
A Stanford study of the top fifty private companies in the U.S. found each one headed by a servant leader. I’m grateful for all the moms, especially my mom, step-mom, and wife who continue to teach us the art of servant leadership. Grace is free but it isn’t cheap. – THF
Copyright, Tim Filston