Monday, January 31, 2011

A Mother's Influence

As her son was about to leave home for college, his mother asked, “Robert, will you promise me one thing?”

“Yes, ma’am, I will,” he answered.

“Promise me,” she begged, “that you will read one chapter from the Bible each day.”

“I will,” he agreed.

That promise led to his coming to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Later, Robert Moffat went to Africa as a missionary where he labored for his Lord for forty-five years. He became famous as an educator, explorer, evangelist and translator of the Bible.

What better request can any mother ask of a child than to be faithful in reading God’s Word while attending college. Students are confronted from every direction with challenges to their faith, tempted by friends to engage in behaviors that cause self-destruction, provided with endless opportunities that may destroy the plans God has for them.

In his letter to Timothy, Paul expressed a true sense of urgency and warning for him. He knew that people who believed in God would be misunderstood, challenged and tempted because of their faith. So Paul encouraged him to remain faithful to what he had been taught, because God’s Word is the only faithful guide.

Prayer: Father, parents have such a responsibility in raising their children. Grant them Your wisdom, always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:12-16

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