Proverb 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Children are described as an inheritance, reward, and as arrows (Psalm 127:3, 4). Like arrows out of the bow of an archer, we can point them in the direction they should go and go beyond where we are. Though both parents are responsible to teach and train their children in the way they should go, no one has a greater opportunity to influence future generations than a mother does. A mother does that by her example and her teaching (Titus 2:3) and that teaching can begin as Isaiah 28:9 to, “…them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” That is a very early age. Future generations are shaped in what we pour into our children.
A Little Humor
A mother’s influence is immeasurable and much of what we’ve needed to know through life, our mother has most likely had a part in teaching us. Let’s re-visit some of those lessons. My mother taught me:
- Prayer – “You better pray that stain comes out of the carpet after I told you don’t drink that in the living room.”
- Time travel – ‘If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week.”
- Planning – “Make sure you have clean underwear, in case something happens.”
- Multi-tasking – “Shut your mouth, don’t touch your sister, and eat your dinner.”
- Flexibility – “Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck.”
- Logic – “Why, because I said so.”
- Emotional balance – Keep laughing and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
- The circle of life – “I brought you into this world and I can take you out.”
You probably could add to the list. Go ahead, share a teaching gem from your Mom.