“A good son belongs to the Father, and a disgraceful son belongs to the mother” This is the way things are seen where I come from. When a child is successful the glory goes to the father and the other way round the mother takes the blame. I don’t know why it is that way but that’s the reality.
As such, every time I hear reports of suicide bombing and random shooting, I instinctively think of the mothers who bore these suicide bombers, what must they be thinking? How do they feel? Do they feel they missed out something somewhere? I watched a documentary some time ago after the Paris attacks and one of the mothers of a radicalized youth shared her experience of how she couldn’t stop her son from traveling to Syria to join the jihad I can tell you it must be hard to walk in their shoes.
Therefore, as a mother is there something we can do to make our world a better place?
YES, there is definitely a lot we can do, the society is the bigger picture of the family. I came up with a personal commitment and thought it wise to share with you all.
- I won’t raise my child to murder yours.
- I will teach him the way of love.
- I will instill in him the doctrine of peace.
- I will teach him to care for others.
- I will teach him respect; both for elders and for his peers and siblings
- I pledge to build a good open communication relationship with him so that he can trust me with his ‘secrets’.
- I won’t teach him the way of vengeance, on the other hand, I will teach him forgiveness.
- I will teach him to counteract evil with good.
- I will bring him up to be truthful.
- I will mold him to be courageous and bold. This will enable him to face the challenges in life.
- I will not withhold discipline from him, thus teaching him to be disciplined. (Proverbs 29:15)
- I will instill in him a high self-esteem so that he knows who he is and not get carried away with the dangerous lies out there.
- I will teach him that all men are equal with no race divide, no superior nor inferior race.
- Above all, I will bring him up in the way of the LORD.
This I will do God being my helper!
Will you like to take this simple commitment? If you love this share it so that mothers, would-be; soon-to-be mothers everywhere can take the commitment.
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother (Proverbs 10:1)