Monday, November 7, 2011
There once was a good boy...
"A good boy generally makes a good man." Said the mother of Washington, "George was always a good boy." Here we see one secret of his greatness. George Washington had a mother who made him into a good boy by Gods grace, and instilled into his heart those principles which raised him to be the benefactor of his country, and one of the brightest ornaments of the world. She, in a great measure, formed the character of the hero, and the statesman. It was by her own fireside that she taught her playful boy to govern himself; and thus was he prepared for the brilliant career of usefulness which he afterward pursued. We are indebted to God for the gift of Washington; but we are no less indebted to God for his inestimable mother. Had she been weak, and indulgent, and unfaithful parent, the unchecked energies of Washington might have elevated him to the throne of a tyrant;or youthful disobedience might have prepared the way for a life of crime and a dishonored grave.
There are, it is true, innumerable causes incessantly operating in the formation of character. A mother's influence is by no means the influence which is exerted. Still it may be the most powerful; for, with God's ordinary blessing, it may form in the youthful mind the habits, and implant the principles, to which other influences are to give permanency and vigor.----The Mother at Home by John Abbott
It's time we look at our children and do more than wish they would act a certain way. We, as mothers, have to stand on the hill and look at the battle before us and fight for our children. Fight for loving, kind children who love the Lord and love us and yes, even love their brothers and sisters. We have to do something about the mess that seems to be forever before us. We have to clean out our homes of disobedience and disrespect while there is still time. We are in a battle and this world wants our children and we have to fight. We can't grow weary in doing good. We can't grow weary of teaching and praying and begging God for guidance.
We stand guard over our homes and over the souls that will carry Christ to the next generation.This takes a lot of time and work. We will get dirty and some of us will want to give up. We can't, we must press on.
Yes, some of our children will choose a different path and walk away from all of our teaching and walk away from God. This is when a faithful mother stands before the throne room of God and He says, "Be still and know that I am God." The consciousness, however, of having done one's duty, divests this affliction of much of it's bitterness. (John Abbott)
Our jobs as mothers will do much concerning the next generation. We have to be busy about our most important task. Don't get caught up doing things that do not benefit your husband or children. Stay true to your calling. It's a big one.