Challenge to All Mothers – Teach Them

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“Many school and community programs emphasize the need to do the right thing. However, society falls short of providing motive or purpose. Doing the right thing is not a part of a grading system with a nine-week progress report. Scripture teaches that the right thing is obeying God’s laws, and our motive is to please Him. It is a heart matter, Jesus, our master example, said, ‘I must be about my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). God the Father said to His Son, ‘ Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ (Mark 1:11).

As a mother, you have the divine honor (and mandate) of teaching your child matters of the heart. His progress will be measured by the difference he makes in his family and community and in society.

Demonstrate before your child that you ‘love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and will all thy soul, and with all thy mind’ (Matt 22:37). By your example, he will learn to trust and obey the One who answers his prayers. To do less for him is to allow the world to deceive him.

Teach him to be thankful (Col 3:15) by always expressing a spirit of thankfulness for God’s goodness and mercy. One cannot be thankful  and in the same breath have a complaining attitude.

Teach him to love family (Deut 5:16). The earthly family should be an example of the family of God before a lost world. Sibling rivalry provides an opportunity to teach the importance of brotherly love and Christian-like relationships.

Above all, teach him he has a Helper (John 14.26), who is also our Comforter. Whether you lose your keys or have to bury a loved one, let your child see that you call out to the Holy Spirit and trust Him as Provider. He too will turn to his Helper in time of need.

Sometimes I yearn to return to the bedtime Bible stories, family singing and Sunday afternoon picnics on the creek bank. Then all you adult children (and grandchildren) gather at my kitchen or at the outside picnic area for a cookout, and once again we laugh, love and give thanks to God for His blessings. Once again I can cuddle a little one in my arms; and soon I can play marbles in the dirt and carry him piggyback up the hill as we sing about Jesus. We mothers are forever teachers.”

Excerpted from:

 Letter to My Daughter, by Ruth McDaniel; Gospel Herald, Summer 2011.

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