My mother left an incredible legacy for my two brother’s, my sister, and myself.
Her life has inspired me to live for Christ and my hope is that what I share about her will also inspire you.
In early 2019, I spent a month with my mother, Evelyn Bollback, visiting and encouraging her as she quickly declined. She was 97 1/2 years old and had been married for 75 years.
Just a few days ago, she passed into the presence of Jesus as I held her hand and sang Face to Face with Christ My Savior to her.
Your Mother Gave You a Legacy Too!
Even if your mother is not saved, she has given you the precious gift of a legacy that played a part in molding you into the woman you are today. (James 1:17)
God chose a mother who was perfect for you! (Psalm 139:13)
Be Thankful for Your Mother and Thank Her Often!
Too often we neglect to show appreciation by thanking our mother. (1 Chronicles 16:34)
In my mother’s last month while I sat by her side for hours and hours on end, over and over I told her what a good mom she was.
I was shocked by her response!
She often didn’t have enough energy to say much, yet she would shake her head, no!
That really surprised me to think that at the end of her life she would look back and think she had failed in some way as a mother. (Lamentations 3:22–23)
Did I fail to thank her often for being the BEST mother EVER?
I think most mothers don’t realize their impact on their children’s lives and focus on what they could have done better!
Have you told your mom how much you appreciate her?
My Mother’s Grateful Spirit
As staff would come into my mom’s room to clean the floor, return laundry, bring her meals and do many small insignificant things . . .
My mom would say, “Thank you!” (Colossians 3:17)
She hardly had enough breath to talk, yet had gratitude in her heart for each thing done for her right up until her last day on earth!
She did not cultivate a grateful spirit in her nineties!
That was something that she allowed to grow in her heart many many years ago. It isn’t something that just happens.
It is deliberate.
It shows the character that she had allowed the Holy Spirit to cultivate in her heart.
It was one of the many ways that she demonstrated a quiet reflection of Jesus living through her life!
My Mother’s Gift of a Smile
My mother had a beautiful smile even when her life had bumps along the way. (Proverbs 15:13-15)
There have been times in my life when a smile would have cracked my face!
Not my mother!
I have so much to learn from her about smiling even when you don’t feel like it.
A smile is a gift you give to someone and my mother gave it freely!
I know your life isn’t any more perfect than mine or my mothers.
So . . .
I challenge you to give the gift of a smile to those around you!
My Mother’s Legacy of Faith
My mother had incredible faith in God. (Ephesians 2:8)
When my parents had a financial need, they didn’t tell anyone about it but instead prayed and waited for the Lord to supply what they lacked. (Philippians 4:6)
During the last few weeks of her life, she demonstrated her faith in God even though it was difficult for her to talk.
She loved when I prayed for her children and grandchildren. She probably missed praying with my dad.
She loved when I sang to her and never noticed that I couldn’t reach the notes.
She loved listening to the old hymns on my tablet near her ear. On her last day, she commented that the hymns were so powerful!
Just her facial expression alone demonstrated her deep faith and assurance that Jesus was with her.
How My Mother Can Inspire You to Live for Christ
It is never too late to start living for Christ in a way that equips you as you grow older.
My mother laid a foundation that prepared her for each day.
Here are some ways that my mother’s life can inspire you to live for Christ. These are the habits that helped her to be strong in the Lord.
- She read her Bible daily! (Psalm 119:11)
- She spent time in prayer daily! (Colossians 4:2)
- She cultivated a heart of gratitude! (Psalm 34:1)
- She faced life with a sense of humor and a smile! (Proverbs 17:22)
My mother was far from perfect and desperately needed Jesus just like you and me.
She walked with the Lord each step of the way and blessed those she met with her cheerful spirit.
Would you like to leave an incredible legacy one day? How has the story of my mother inspired you to live for Christ?