In our lives, there are many lessons we learn from mom. Some of us learn about what to wear and what not to wear. And many of us learn how to believe in ourselves and how to treat others.

When we think of what we learn from mom, we might think of our biological mothers, but we also might think of a mentor, grandmother, sister, or an aunt. We might think of someone who has taken us under her wing to protect us, love us, and teach us.

A mom is someone who is there for the ups and the downs. Someone who speaks life into us. Someone who touches our heart and leaves an imprint for a lifetime.

“Although I have only one biological Mother, I have many ‘Moms.’ These women have invested their time, wisdom and, most importantly, their love as they’ve shaped me into an ever-improving version of myself. I’ve spent the last year serving alongside one of the most influential women I’ve had the honor to refer to as ‘Mom,’ Brooke Peterson. I want to thank her for her authenticity and guidance as she shared her home, her table, and her time. She truly sparkles and lights up any room, not only with her love of vibrant colors and printed pajama pants, but with her soul and Christ-like care for others. Happy Mother’s Day, Brooke! Thank you for choosing to be my ‘Mom.’” – Darra Narramore

Like Darra, let’s thank our moms as we reflect on the valuable life lessons they have taught us and let’s celebrate the love they show us every day.

Life Lessons We Learn From Mom

According to a northern radio station (Big 97.9), a recent study shows we still go to mom for advice despite having access to Google and other search engines where we can look up anything and everything. It is in the moments we seek advice from mom when we learn some of life’s most important lessons.

Here are just a few of the lessons we learn from mom according to our staff at Chase Oaks Church.

1. Always say “please” and “thank you.”

Growing up, mom always tells us to be polite and have good manners. While her constant reminders to say “please” and “thank you” can annoy us, it is a lesson that pays off later!

“My mom always taught me to say ‘thank you.’ She had me writing ‘thank you’ notes from the time I could hold a pen for any gift I received. It’s a habit I’ll be forever grateful for!” – Craig Rush

2. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

From setting the standards for being a good host to reminding us to always be nice (or don’t say anything at all), mom teaches us to treat others with respect and love no matter what.

“My mom always taught me about the importance of hospitality. When we had a guest over, she made sure we (my brothers and I) always asked, ‘what would you like to drink?’ instead of ‘would you like something to drink?’” – Julissa Estrada

“My mom taught me that a home should be a safe place where anyone that entered was always loved unconditionally.” – Denise May

3. Never give up.

Life can get tough, but mom always knows what to say to help us keep moving forward.

“[I learned] God made us so that we are able to ‘push through’ the hard times, even when you feel like giving up or have exhausted yourself trying.” – Melanie Swartz

“I learned that laughter is the best medicine for all things.” – Stephanie Stanesic

4. Don’t worry about what other people think.

When we are growing up, it can be difficult to not worry about what others think of us, especially in our teen years. But many of us can hear mom telling us not to let what others think get us down and to focus on what God says about us–that we are dearly loved children of God.

“My mom always told me, ‘Don’t worry about what people think about you; they don’t think about you very often.’”— Dan Martin

5. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

When we struggle with our self-esteem, mom reminds us that true beauty comes from within, not from our outward appearance.

“My mom told me not to weigh myself every morning and let the number on the scale determine if I would like myself that day or not.” – Rachel Blakemore

6. Spend time with your children because they grow up too fast.

When our children are little, the days seem long, but the years are short. In those short years, mom tells us to hang in there and to cherish the moments we have with our children. Throughout our lives, mom shows us what it means to be a parent.

“[My mom taught me] children are a gift from God. We have to remember to whom they belong and remember the ‘owner of the gift will always treat it as a treasure.’ And never let messy fingers override a messy house. Let kids create, jump in puddles, explore. Soon the fingerprints will be gone, and your house will be cleaner than you want it to be.” – Tracy Parlin

“Through daily conversations, she became a ‘best friend’ in my adult years and provided a model for me with my adult children.” – Jeff Davis

7. Live life to the fullest because life is too short.

Mom encourages us to enjoy life and reach our potential because life is too short to waste.

“She modeled the importance of celebrating the big and little things of life with family and friends. Every day can be a party/celebration!” – Lori Eubanks

“My mom always told me, ‘the summer is a terrible thing to waste’…Looking back, I really appreciate her helping me see the value of the ‘in-between’ time…and also what it looks like to steward the different seasons/rhythms of life well! What a gal, shout out to you Linda!” – Michael Yeilding

This Mother’s Day, let’s thank our moms for loving and supporting us and for teaching us life lessons that shaped who we are.

Summer MOMS ConnectionEncourage mom to take a break this summer by joining us for Summer MOMS Connection where moms can connect with other each other while having breakfast and lively discussions. We will get together on Wednesdays this summer: June 19, July 17, and August 7. Stay tuned to our website for more details!