There’s great power quietness. It’s an amazing gift to know things that others don’t and to keep them locked in your heart, just for you. Not secrets, per se. Just not revealing.
In the world that we live in, with everyone’s achievements being so public, it would actually be pretty difficult to pull this off. You see, I’m not a particularly quiet person. My lack of control has put me in some awkward positions as a mom, and otherwise. It’s so interesting that I was raised by such a relatively quiet woman.
I want to share with you the benefits learning how to be a hero — silently — for your child. I know first hand because my mom did this for me.
It wasn’t easy. She raised me in a time when women were just getting their voices in certain arenas. My mom has been a silent champion for me ever since I was born. Yet, she just stayed in the background while I forged ahead, growing up, getting stronger on my own and learning from her. She taught me how to assert myself.
She would assert herself in ways that people now would think a little mild-mannered.
When I wanted to learn how to read, even though everyone in my preschool class wasn’t ready, she just “lightly encouraged” my teacher to give me the harder books. You know, the ones without pictures and more words.
When I needed unconditional love even though I was difficult, she put up with me. Yep, that’s it. Mother’s of emotionally charged teenage daughters understand this. The mere willingness to share the same oxygen as a girl with the drama-filled life is a strong statement of love.
When I needed prayer, she not only prayed, but offered up her own suffering for my sake on many, many occasions. I will never know this side of heaven how many words of prayer she lifted up in my name to help me get through life. I do know it was often and still occurs on a daily basis.
Being a silent hero is an unrewarding job. No one sees the sacrafices. No one hears the pleas to God. But I hear her cries, loud and clear when I realize the impact that she has had on my life by loving me, always.