I love the story of Olympic diving
champion, Greg Louganis, who years ago was asked how he coped with the
pressures of international diving competition. He replied that when he
climbed to the board, he took a deep breath and thought to himself, "Even
if I blow this dive, my mother will still love me." Then he went for
What worked for Louganisí dive into
the water is what works for all of us when we take the plunge into
day-to-day life. We need to know we will be loved, and not with just any
kind of love, but with a love that is forgiving, enduring, unconditional,
and eternal. The kind of love that gives strength for life. The kind of
love that renews us and upholds us.
If we feel we have to constantly
prove ourselves to others, and that we have to get a "10" all the time,
we will grow empty and bitter. But if we know first and foremost that we
are loved "no matter what", we will live in confidence and lead
productive lives. This is the love that we celebrate on Motherís Day.
This is the love of our Heavenly Father.
God loves his children so much that
He gave his own Son to die on a cross for our sin. In this event he was
making a statement: "I love you even when you blow it. Now, go for
excellence! Live your life in joy and confidence, free from fear and
I thank my Mom for loving me that
way. I thank her for loving me like God loves me. It has made all the
Happy Motherís Day!