Serving One Another
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"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom
into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
A national survey taken for a flower delivery company suggests that 50 percent of Americans believe their mother deserves something special on Mother's Day. Most felt Mom deserved something special because "she survived raising me and that was no small feat." Others say Mom deserved recognition because "she always has dinner on the table and clean laundry in the closet."
The survey also found that 65 percent of Americans said if they ever won an Academy award, their mother would be the first person they'd thank in their acceptance speech. (http://www.freshministry.org/illustrations.html)
The need to honor Moms isn't new. Elisha showed his respect to his father and his mother after Elijah chose him to take his place. 1 Kings 19:19-20 says, "So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him.  And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, 'Please let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you.' And he said to him, 'Go back again, for what have I done to you?'"
For most people, like Elisha, their mother is a primary object of their affection and gratitude. Why is that?
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