She was bent over at about 60ﾟ leaning forward on a walker. Simultaneously trying to hold open the swinging door, not spill her hot cup of coffee nor lose the barrette in her graying hair. The tremors in her hand made this negotiation even more difficult. I got up from my chair. My Mama was watching.
Truthfully speaking my mom was nowhere to be found. She was hundreds of miles away and yet as near as this elderly woman trying to avoid falling and breaking her hip and burning herself with this hot coffee.
O thank you so much young man, she explained. Your mom must have taught you well. I answered her. Yes indeed she did. And she’s watching now.
I wonder how many boys and girls now become Men and women have ever had the kind of instruction and moral guidance that follows them to always do the right thing.
My mama taught me to always love, always forgive and always do my best especiall for those whom I felt deserve it the least. She still lives by these words.
This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
Matthew 5:43-47 MSG
Like many young men I did not have a father to give me these values. But I did have a mama. She taught me that higher authority rests with my Creator. She taught me that ultimately I would have to answer to my Father in heaven, even if I had no earthly father for an example.
Let me get that door for you. Let me steady your walker. You hold onto your coffee and I will look for the barrette.
Even if you don’t have a mama or daddy remember that God is watching.
My mama told me God is watching and if He missed it, she didn’t.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Exodus 20:12 KJV