First I need to say, "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!" A mother's investment in their children is the one investment in life that can truly have multiplied effects through their chilren's lives. Children are every mother and father's #1 discipleship responsiblity. However, being a Maximized Mother has less to do with actually being a mother.
In deed, a mother at her maximum is actually a woman at her maximum who happens to be a mother as well. While motherhood can be an all-encompassing activity, a woman who loses her self in her one role (motherhood) is only partially living. Certainly being a mother is one of the greatest calling a woman can choose to embrace, but is doesn't have to be her only calling.
Recently some media has sickened me to watch/read as they have highlighted pregnant men. Some are women who have chosen to live their lives as men, others are actually men who have had a surgical implantation in order to host a baby.
One such example is Mr. Lee. A updating web-site, www.malepregnancy.com, keeps an up to date jounal (video & written). PLEASE, HAVE WE GOTTEN SO DESPERATE TO REDEFINE TRADITIONAL ROLES THAT OUR SOCIETY REALLY IS WILLING TO ACCEPT THIS? Seriously, how much worse can it get.
So, if society isn't highlighting the appropriate models, where do we look. Where else, The Bible, the very Word of God. Proverbs 31 gives us one clear picture of a truly Maximized Woman. I've briefly summarized some of these qualities below:
1. A Good Steward: This a woman to is able to adequately and responsibily care for that which is entrusted to her hands. Although this includes the area of finances, it goes far beyond that. Stewardship includes emotions, secrets, relationship, etc...
2. A Godly Influence: A woman of Godly influence not only has her eyes set on this world and its responsibilities, but she also understand what is waiting for us on the other side of this life. This full awareness causes her to to influence others with this information. She is God's ambassador (2 Cor. 5).
3. A Giving Peson: Extending one's resources toward the benefit of others, without measuring the possibility of return. The secret of life is not in how much we gain, but rather in how much we give.
As each of us celebrate Mother's Day this year, may we ask our selves this question. How Much Do I Give? Then, and only then, will we be able to measure if our life has been maximized.