Yesterday evening, my family was at the department store Target when we came upon our Bishop and some of his family, also shopping. Knowing I was going to be speaking at church today, with a smile that indicated he was joking, he challenged me to work the experience into my talk. “Mother’s Day is like shopping at Target…” he mused. I don’t know if I’ll use this in my talk, but here is my attempt:
Motherhood is like shopping at your favorite department store.
You learn the layout of the store, develop a routine, and shopping becomes easy and comfortable. Life is rolling along smoothly.
Then, the store management decides to begin a major remodel project. Every piece of merchandise you once knew is moved to a new location. The store becomes disorganized, and you feel lost temporarily while the dust settles. It is like those challenges that upset your life and routine.
President David O. McKay said: “No nobler work in this world can be performed by any mother than to rear and love the children with whom God has blessed her. That is her duty.”
Good mothers know people are relying on them to get the job done, and they stick with the task. They push on, work through the challenge, and come out victorious in the checkout stands of life!
How’d I do, Bishop?