A soldier was standing at attention during a parade drill when he waved to one of the spectators. The drill instructor rushed over to the young man and screamed in his ear, “Soldier, don’t you ever do that again!”
But as his company marched past the reviewing stand, the young man waved a second time. The instructor was livid but waited until the troops got back to the barracks. He barreled in and barked in the soldier’s face, “Soldier, I told you not to wave! Aren’t you afraid of me?”
“Yes, sir!” the private replied, “but you don’t know my mother!”
Several years ago, a woman in Detroit made national headlines when a would-be carjacker tried to steal her car. His mistake: trying to swipe a car with Deborah Kemp’s six-year-old daughter asleep in the back seat.
The carjacker drove off, dragging the mom a quarter of a mile while she beat him repeatedly with her car’s Club, a steering wheel lock.
It all started around 7:45 a.m. on a Monday morning at a Detroit gas station. Deborah had pumped gas and left her keys in the car as she went inside to pay. When she came out, the carjacker tried to get behind the wheel and push her out. She grabbed the anti-theft steering wheel under the front seat and began to hit him on the head and arm.
She told officers, “I tried to kill him.” The suspect sustained head injuries and broken legs. Apparently, the car went out of control and hit a restaurant. That’s when Deborah pulled the man out of the car and beat him. She said he was apologizing and begging her to stop.
Whether you have to wave at your mom or you get to be with her in person, show her the love and honor she deserves.
She told authorities, “I wasn’t trying to be a hero. I was concerned about my baby … That was part of me in that car.”
Moral of the story: Don’t mess with mama!
Lesson we can all learn: There’s nothing like a mother’s love.
This weekend, whether you have to wave at your mom or you get to be with her in person, show her the love and honor she deserves. Don’t worry about overdoing it.
She never does … and never will!
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.