Recently, TIME Magazine released their annual TIME 100 listing the one hundred most influential people in the world. Believe it or not, Kanye West is on the cover. Other notables on the list were Miley Cyrus, Seth Meyers, Robert Redford, Matthew McConaughey, football player Richard Sherman, and tennis star Venus Williams.
TIME Magazine list should probably be entitled: “The 100 Most Influential Celebrities in the World”. Indeed, celebrities, politicians, business people, inventors all influence the world in which we live. Some for good… some for not-so-good.
However, one person is consistently left off the list that should be in the top three each and every year. Next to Jesus, mothers just may be the most influential person on the planet.
The Bible instructs children as follows: “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9. We are instructed by God to listen to the teachings of our mother because He created her to be influential in our lives.
How do mothers influence us? Here’s just one example.
Did you know that mothers are the most naturally quizzed people on earth?
“A survey from the U.K. involving 1,000 mothers found that moms may be the most quizzed people on the planet. On average, from breakfast to afternoon tea time (remember this was in the U.K.) the average stay-at-home mom faces one question every two minutes and 36 seconds. That adds up to about 105,120 questions per year.
The questions spike during meal times. Girls aged four are the most curious, asking an incredible 390 questions per day. On the other end of the spectrum, boys aged nine ask the least amount of questions. According to the survey, the moms claimed that these were the top five toughest questions (in order):
Why is water wet?
Where does the sky end?
What are shadows made of?
Why is the sky blue?
How do fish breathe under water?”*
*Telegraph staff, "Mothers asked nearly 300 questions a day, study finds," Telegraph (3-28-13)
Some people have great relationships with their mothers while others struggle while celebrating Mother’s Day. In either case, it shows the influence of our mothers.
This Mother’s Day, pause and think about the ways your mother influenced you and give her thanks for the positive contributions she has made in your life. At the very least, acknowledge that she may have been the most influential being on the planet for you.
Something to think about…