With everything else I have going on in my life I try to stay at least one day ahead with my writing. Yesterday I had intended to write a piece about mothers since today is Mothers Day. I awoke yesterday with the word oblivious stuck in my mind. I don’t question these things any more, so I started typing, hoping that 500 or so words later I would have something that was at least marginally coherent, centered around the word oblivious. I couldn’t publish this on Mothers Day without saying a few words about how truly special mothers are. Mothers have been granted a universally unique privilege by our Creator. While He is the one who creates life, mothers have been given the honor of nurturing His new lives and welcoming them into the world. Once a mother becomes a mother, she’s a mother for life. Far too many mothers decide that God made a mistake when He entrusted them with one of His priceless creations and choose to have it killed. She doesn’t stop being a mother at that point, she just becomes the mother of a dead child.
In keeping with the word of the day, oblivious, I encourage all mothers and ‘mothers to be’ to not be oblivious to the ability to usher a new life into the world that they have been given. This ability is a sacred trust between a mother and God that is not meant to be broken. Every mother that feels the loving embrace of her children today understands this sacred trust and the unbreakable bond it creates between a mother and her child.
Ob-liv-i-ous 1. forgetful; unmindful (with,of,or to). 2. causing forgetfulness. 3. not aware.
We all lead busy lives. We tend to focus on the pressing issues at hand and fail to see the big picture. If it doesn’t affect our lives it’s not important. I’ve been there. I know how you feel. My personal awakening came suddenly last May after spending the weekend in the company of my then 2 year old grandson. Just like that, my focus was no longer on me, but on what I could do to make the world a better place.
I know it sounds Pollyannish from an admittedly flawed person like me, but I could hear God calling me to save the children. It was a moment of absolute clarity like I’ve never felt before, and I knew, without a doubt, that I was being called to fight for the lives of our unborn children. No instructions were given, no marching orders received; and none were needed. I knew what I had to do.
Since that day I’ve come to realize that over the past several years all the books I’ve read, all the writing I’ve done, and random encounters and experiences that meant nothing to me at the time, were all leading me to where I am now. I was being prepared to answer the call that had not yet come. Literally, every day when I’m writing, conversations from the past and events that I’d long forgotten suddenly make sense in the context of what I have dedicated my life to. I can’t explain it and don’t feel compelled to do so. I accept it for what it is and I’m no longer oblivious to what’s really important. The folks at Planned Parenthood and the staff that opens the mail at the White House probably wish I were.
When you dedicate yourself to a cause that you want nothing from, except results, you’re on the right track. If your only motivation is fame and fortune, keep looking; you’ll find your calling. If you have to constantly ask yourself if what you are doing is for the good of others, look for something else. If you’ve become a couch potato, stuffing your pie-hole with Doritos and Twinkies as you watch mind-numbing reality TV, grab your dictionary and look up the word oblivious; then look in the mirror. Then, get off the couch and start making a difference.
Just because many of us are oblivious to the slaughter that occurs daily in America’s abortion mills doesn’t mean it’s not happening. I believe that none of us makes a conscious choice to be oblivious or unaware of events and the actions of others that negatively affect the human condition. We can, however, make a conscious choice to become aware of human tragedies and dedicate ourselves to countering evil with good works. It’s up to each of us to look inside and see why we are here at this time at this place, and what our role is toward making a better world. The answer lies within each of us. All we have to do is look.