Monday, Jan. 9
“My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.”—Denzell Washington. You might get the impression that nobody wanted him around, but I doubt if that was his mother’s view. His teachers were probably ready to throw him on the junk heap. Denzell was born into a Christian home, so he should have had a good start. You probably know that he became famous as an actor and producer. He won a room full of awards. He is a devout Christian and reads his Bible every day. His father was a minister and Denzell has always considered being a minister, too. For you mothers: Don’t give up. You might be surprised what God does with your children. And keep praying. I ran across this recently: “God can’t be everywhere, so he made mothers.” There’s some faulty theology there, but it correctly values the place of mothers. For the record, I’m thinking Christian mothers. Non-Christian mothers don’t have a whole lot to offer their children, although God is quite capable of over riding that draw back. A Christian mother’s life before her kids is a powerful influence on them. For you school teachers: Hang in there. That piece of junk can end up being a thing of beauty. Don’t underestimate God.