The Bill of Love
“May your father
and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!” (Prov. 23:25)
little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening, while she was fixing
supper and handed her a piece of paper, that he had been writing on. After
his mom dried her hands on her apron, she read it, and this is what it says:
cutting the grass: $5.00
cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
going to the store for you: $0.50
baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $0.50
taking out the garbage: $1.00
getting a good report card: $5.00
cleaning up and raking the yard: $3.00
his mother stood there looking at him many memories flashed through her
mind. She picked up the pen, turned
over the paper he’d written on, and this what she wrote:
nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No charge.
the nights that I’ve sat up with you, cared and prayed for you: No charge.
the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years: No
the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were
ahead: No charge.
food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No charge.
helping you do your homework and driving you to and from school: No charge.
add it up, the cost of my love is: No charge
boy finished reading what his mother had written, his eyes were full of
tears, and he looked straight at his mother and said: “Mom, I sure do love
you.” And then he took the pen and in
great big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL”.
realize how much our parents paid for us until we become parents
ourselves. Parents are givers not
askers. There are more things than
money or material things that parents can give to their children, such as
love, set a good example, time, energy, faith, knowledge, and skills. If your mom is still alive, why not use
this opportunity to show her your thanksgiving and ask for forgiveness?