Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What Lasting Memories Are We Leaving?

I just finished reading a wonderful book entitled "Homemaking" by J.R. Miller. I highly recommend it. It is one of those books that need to be read over and over again to help remind us of our duty before God to raise children for His glory. It was encouraging and convicting at the same time. I want to leave you with just a taste of what was in the book. This was in the final chapter entitled, "Home Memories."
"We are fast moving on through this world. Soon all that will remain of us will be the memories of our lives. No part of our work will then afford such a true test of our living as the memorials we leave behind us in our homes. No other work that God gives any of us to do is so important, so sacred, so far-reaching in its influence, so delicate and easily marred as our home-making. This is the work of all our life that is most divine. The carpenter works in wood, the mason works in stone, the smith works in iron, the artist works on canvas, but the home-maker works on immortal lives. The wood or the stone or the iron or the canvas may be marred, and it will not matter greatly in fifty years; but let a tender human soul be marred in its early training, and ages hence the effects will still be seen. Whatever else we slight, let it never be our home-making. If we do nothing else well in this world, let us at least build well within our own doors."
May we rely on the strength of Christ to help us properly train our sons and daughters for His work and glory. Only by His might can it be done. I pray God strengthens all of us for this eternal task.

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