Various organizations have attempted to summarize the monetary value of the work of a mother in the home. For the 13th straight year Salary.com surveyed more than 6,000 moms to find their top 10 most time-consuming jobs in the home. Some of the jobs were facility manager, laundry worker, janitor, day care teacher, cook and housekeeper. They also mentioned the jobs of psychologist and van driver. They then estimated how much time mothers spent on their "mom jobs". Stay at home moms spent 94 hours, while working moms spent 58 hours per week. Working moms are estimated to deserve $67,435 and stay at home moms would earn $113,586 a year according to the website Salary.com. I can just imagine the mothers out there turning in their time card to their husbands.
Actually the Bible talks about the value of a godly wife and mother in Proverbs 31:10. It says: “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies”. So how can we ever hope to reward those wives and mothers who mean so much to us? Do we start printing out the checks or start filling a bag with precious gems to give them? That may be impossible but they certainly deserve it. However, Proverbs 31 does tell us a very important reward that we can give to them. Verse 28 says: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her”. How often do we rise up and bless our mother? Do we call her and let her know that she is important to us? Do we do things for her and show our love for her more than once a year? Do we bless her by spending a little time with her or giving her an unexpected gift? Men, do we regularly bless and praise our wives? Do we let them know how much we appreciate all they do for us and how their worth to us is truly above rubies?
Mother’s Day is upon us. Let’s be sure to reward our wives and mothers with the
praise they so deserve. If we would be able to pay our mothers, most of the ones I know would probably spend the money on their kids or their grandkids anyway.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation