Our first teachers and most influential people in the beginning of our lives (and arguably all throughout) are our parents. Our parents are our first teachers, they feed us, guide us, provide all of our needs. Ideally, our parents teach us to become more like Jesus in everything we do. That's why Paul says: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” (Ephesians 6:1-3). Obedience to our parents teaches us about Obedience to the Lord, which leads us to a full and rewarding life (We will still face trials, tribulations and temptations, but Obedience to the Lord teaches us to endure). I think of Samuel, in this instance (And what a more appropriate verse to think about as we head toward mother's day!). His mother, Hannah, could not have children, and was the first of two wives. Even though her husband loved her best, the other wife, Peninnah could bear children and held it over Hannah's head. And so Hannah earnestly sought the Lord. She pledged her firstborn to the Lord if the Lord would meet her request. And as the Lord granted her plea, she made good on the promise she made to the Lord. As a good mother who raised her son in the Lord, He went on to serve the Lord, first under Eli, then as a prophet and a judge. Samuel, because of Hannah's devotion to the Lord, fulfilled the commandment Paul referenced in Ephesians 6! So Mothers, realize how needed you are, whether your children are 8 days old, or 80 years old, your influence, like Hannah's, can have a great impact upon the godliness of your children! Help fulfill that command with a promise by being the godly influence (and example) you desire for your child; you're their first and greatest teacher!
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