Happy Mother's Day

           

      One of life's greatest blessings is to HAVE a godly mother. Thus, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to BE a godly mother. I was blessed to have both a mother and father who were very faithful to see that ALL the family attended church for worship every Sunday, as well as other services. Typically, it is the mother who sees to the spiritual direction of the family. My father made certain that I could spell and write my name before I started to school. He taught me the alphabet and to count. However, it was mother who read to me from a book of Bed Time Bible Stories and taught me to pray, especially before eating. My father taught me to pray as he tucked me into bed at night.

      Here I'd like to elevate the role of godly mothers by looking at the influence a godly mother and grandmother had on a well-known young man named Timothy. In 2nd Timothy 1:5 we learn that his faith came to him through his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice. The Apostle Paul's preaching may have been used by God to bring Timothy to actual conversion, but behind his preaching were years of godly influence by Timothy's grandmother and mother. In 2nd Timothy 3:14-17, we also further learn that the sincere faith of these women was combined with instructing Timothy from his earliest days by the Scriptures. Their example and the results in Timothy's life show us that through faith in God and by honoring His Word, godly mothers have great influence as they train their children.

      In youth rich stores of divine knowledge are most easily acquired. Just as young recruits become the best soldiers; young apprentices become the best mechanics, best pressmen, best electricians, etc;  even, so the best Christians are those of whom it can be said, ". . from childhood you have known the scriptures. . .", as they were trained by a saintly mother and/or a grandmother.

      President Theodore Roosevelt said, "When all is said, it is the mother, and the mother only, who is a better citizen than the soldier who fights for his country. The successful mother, the mother who does her part in rearing and training aright the boys and girls who are to be the men and women of the next generation, is of greater use to the community, and occupies, if she only would realize it, a more honorable as well as more important position than any man in it. The mother is the one supreme asset of the national life. She is more important, by far, than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist. That is not to disparage the crucial role godly fathers must play. But it is to encourage you in the crucial role godly mothers play."

      Just a thought across the garden gate by Don Brown.



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