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July 5, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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“My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother; for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.”—Proverbs 1:8-9 (NKJV)
Mary Ball Washington was a principled woman of great resolve who daily spent time in prayer seated on a high rock in her garden. Her eldest son, George, learned fortitude from her example and grew up to serve as the first President of the United States. President Washington professed, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.” Ms. Washington dedicated her life to cultivating character and planting seeds of spiritual instruction within her children’s hearts, and her efforts reaped an abundant harvest.
The wisest man on earth understood the importance of responding with reverence and obedience to the teachings of his mother. Throughout the Book of Proverbs, Solomon continually communicates the value of carefully attending to maternal admonition. In fact, the entire final chapter of Proverbs is a summary of the virtues he had gleaned from the godly example of this woman of valor. A woman who courageously lives a godly life in front of her children helps shape their character and makes an eternal difference.
Truly, mama knows best how to guide the charges God has placed in her care. Her disciples reap great reward from remaining teachable. Wholehearted obedience to wisdom beautifully crowns our lives with grace. We are set apart as people of excellence whose lives are marked by honor and integrity. Devoting our lives to godly instruction distinguishes us from the mediocre and positions us for success.
Not all of us will tuck little ones into bed tonight and pray over their tender souls, but each of us can make a significant impact in this world. As people of faith, we can pour our love and wisdom into the lives of the young people God has placed in our circle of influence. We can share our testimony with a spiritually hungry neighbor or invite a new believer over for coffee and an edifying conversation. Let’s purpose to pass on the truths our own spiritual mothers have transferred to us and invite others to get into the story.
DIG: Read Proverbs 6:20-23. List all the ways heeding a mother’s teaching helps us to succeed.
DISCOVER: Read Proverbs 31. What character traits do you think Solomon learned from his mother’s instruction?
DO: Think about one woman who has invested in your life and helped you grow spiritually. Share a nugget of truth you’ve learned from her with someone else this week and continue her legacy of faith.