Proverbs 31:10-12 A Mothers Selfless Work


Prov. 31:10   Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

One of my favorite stories about my mother is when she took me to get my wisdom teeth removed. Because mine were actually connected to the jawbone, they had to cut into the bone itself before removing the tooth (a pretty common procedure). This kind of surgery with it’s intense pain required that I be completely out during it, so they told me to bring someone who could care for me afterwards.

Naturally I thought of my mom….

I don’t really remember much after they put in the IV containing my strong pain medication. There are snippets of memories that come back to me after the tooth extraction, but my first strong memory is mom spoon-feeding me chocolate pudding on the couch.

For me the “chocolate pudding story” illustrates a very important characteristic of mothers. They ALWAYS put those they love first. In other words, they will NEVER take advantage of you.

Proverbs 31:11 explains the attitude of everyone in the virtuous woman’s family in my opinion instead of just the husband, and that attitude is one of trust. There is no worry about her taking advantage of them, or using them for her own purposes, because she by nature will put them first (31:12).

This selfless work of a mother is especially needed today because we all are vulnerable sometimes. Whether it’s being in desperate need, physical weakness, or perhaps just having a bad day.

In those situations it’s tempting to rely only on ourselves because we’ve all been burned.

  • By those who say that they will be there for us, but can’t be found in a time of need
  • share private information with everyone they know
  • Or refuse to help when we really need it

A Godly mother would never do this

The truly amazing thing about this selfless love is it doesn’t fade. You can be fifty or sixty years old, and your mother will still be there to help if you need it.

I can remember a few years ago while applying for a one-year visa to Saint Vincent they requested an official criminal background check from America. Obviously there was nothing I could do to get that myself (someone personally had to pick it up) so I texted my mom asking for help.

An hour later she was back from the courthouse with the background check

And two days later it was in my hand (sent Fedex).

The thing to remember about a mothers selfless work is she enjoys helping in a time of need. If I was coherent, being spoon-fed chocolate pudding after graduating from College would be a horrifying experience, but I’m pretty sure mom loved doing it again.

Becoming independent is a very important thing in life. However, sometimes the best way to honor a mothers selfless work is to humbly ask for her help.


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