Draper Rogers: We Should Celebrate Our Mother’s Every Day

As I sit down to write this, my mind drifts to a familiar tune – “Dear Momma” by 2Pac. Yes, I know what you’re thinking – a pastor with a love for hip-hop? Hear me out. The song pays tribute to the immense power and influence a mother holds over her child’s life. It always leaves me feeling grateful for my mother, who has shaped me into the person I am today. But as I reflect on Mother’s Day and the celebration it entails, I can’t help but wonder – is one day of the year truly enough to show our appreciation for the women who have anchored our lives?

The history of Mother’s Day dates back to 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday of May a legal holiday. It’s a day to honor motherhood and all that it represents. But do we need a president’s declaration to urge us to express gratitude to the ones we love? I hope not.

Our mothers, wives, aunts, sisters, and grandmothers play a crucial role in shaping our lives. Their impact doesn’t diminish after a single day of celebration. Every day we have with them is a gift, and we should cherish it. As a minister, I’ve come to understand that life is fleeting, and we must show our loved ones that we care every chance we get because we never know when it might be our last.

So, this Mother’s Day, I hope you took the time to honor the women who have impacted your life. But don’t let it end there. Let’s make a conscious effort to show appreciation and love to our loved ones every day. Remember, every day is a new opportunity to celebrate life, and we shouldn’t take that for granted.

As you go about your day-to-day, remember that every moment is unique, and we have the power to make it count. Every day is your birthday, every day is Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day – every day is a chance to celebrate the people we love and appreciate the impact they’ve had on our lives.

So, let’s make every day count. Let’s not wait for a special occasion to show our appreciation for the ones we love. Let’s make sure they know just how much they mean to us today and every day.

Dr. Draper Rogers is Pastor of Young Families at Gardendale First Baptist Church and a contributor to The North Jefferson Herald.