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Things my mother taught me

 

I learned many valuable things from my mother. Here are a few of them:

• Quit doing that with your face; it could stick that way.

• Don’t run with those scissors; you could put your eye out.

• Look both ways before crossing the street.

• Eat your vegetables; they’re good for you.

• Finish your food; there are millions of people starving overseas. (A tip: It is not a good thing to reply, “Name one.”)

• Don’t cry wolf; people won’t believe you when it’s real.

• Shut the door; you weren’t born in a barn.

• And don’t slam it.

More importantly, I learned many things by observing her life. Here are some of them:

People are important.

People going through trials need encouragement.

Letting people know you’re praying for them and thinking of them is deeply meaningful to them.

You can effectively minister to people even if you’re homebound.

My mother always cared about people, and this didn’t cease after she became homebound because of strokes. She continued a barrage of encouraging notes until Alzheimer’s eventually stole her memory.

Even then, when she needed full-time care in a nursing home, she would commonly touch other residents and say, “I love you.” Her love of people, though clouded by hazy memories, never receded.

Looking back, I have learned from my mother. I eat more vegetables, usually shut the door, and I never run with scissors.

More than that, I have learned how very important people are — and that sometimes, to get through a difficult time, they only need to know that someone cares about them and is praying for them.

That’s something everyone can do.

Ken Horn

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