God designs that in his home life the teacher of the Bible shall be an exemplification of the truths that he teaches.
What a man is has greater influence than what
he says. Piety in the daily life will give power to
the public testimony. Patience, consistency,
and love will make an impression on hearts
that sermons fail to reach.
If properly carried on, the training of the
children of a minister will illustrate the lessons
he gives in the desk…
In most families there are children of various
ages, some of whom need not only the attention
and wise discipline of the mother but also the
sterner, yet affectionate, influence of the father.
Few fathers consider this matter in its due
They fall into neglect of their own duty and thus heap grievous burdens upon the mother, at the same time feeling at liberty to criticize and condemn her actions according to their judgment.
Under this heavy sense of responsibility and
censure, the poor wife and mother often feels
guilty and remorseful for that which she has
done innocently or ignorantly, and frequently
when she has done the very best thing possible
under the circumstances…
Life in the cities is false and artificial. The intense
passion for money getting, the whirl of excitement
and pleasure seeking, the thirst for display, the
luxury and extravagance – all are forces that, with
the great masses of mankind, are turning the mind
from life’s true purpose.
They are opening the door to a thousand evils. Upon the youth they have almost irresistible power. One of the most subtle and dangerous temptations that assails the children and youth in the cities is the love of pleasure.
Holidays are numerous; games and horse racing
draw thousands, and the whirl of excitement and
pleasure attracts them away from the sober duties of
life. Money that should have been saved for better
uses is frittered away for amusements…
The susceptible, expanding
mind of the child longs for knowledge. Parents should keep themselves
well informed, that they may give the minds of their children proper
Like the body, the mind derives its strength from the food it receives. It is broadened and elevated by pure, strengthening thoughts; but it is narrowed and debased by thoughts that are of the earth earthy.
Parents, you are the ones to decide whether the minds of your children shall be filled with ennobling thoughts or with vicious sentiments. You cannot keep their active minds unoccupied; neither can you frown away evil…
The Lord has entrusted to parents a solemn,
sacred work. They are to cultivate carefully the
soil of the heart. Thus they may be laborers
together with God.
He expects them to guard and tend carefully
the garden of their children’s hearts. They are
to sow the good seed, weeding out every
unsightly weed. Every defect in character, every
fault in disposition, needs to be cut away; for if
allowed to remain, these will mar the beauty of
Parents, your own home is the first field in
which you are called to labor. The precious
plants in the home garden demand your first
The Garden of Eden remained
upon the earth long after man had become an outcast from its pleasant
paths. The fallen race was long permitted to gaze upon the home of
innocence, their entrance barred only by the watching angels.
At the cherubim-guarded
gate of Paradise the divine glory was revealed. Here came Adam and his
sons to worship God. Here they renewed their vows of obedience to that
law the transgression of which had banished them from Eden.
When the tide of iniquity
overspread the world, and the wickedness of men determined their
destruction by a flood of waters, the hand that had planted Eden
withdrew it from the earth…
There is reason for deep
solicitude on your part for your children, who have temptations to
encounter at every advance step. It is impossible for them to avoid
contact with evil associates.
They will see sights, hear
sounds, and be subjected to influences which are demoralizing and which,
unless they are thoroughly guarded, will imperceptibly but surely
corrupt the heart and deform the character.
In Christian homes a
bulwark should be built against temptation. Satan is using every means
to make crime and degrading vice popular…
In the youthful mind
marriage is clothed with romance, and it is difficult to divest it of
this feature, with which imagination covers it, and to impress the mind
with a sense of the weighty responsibilities involved in the marriage
This vow links the destinies of the two individuals with bonds which naught but the hand of death should sever.
Every marriage engagement should be carefully considered, for marriage is a step taken for life. Both the man and the woman should carefully consider whether they can cleave to each other through the vicissitudes of life as long as they both shall live…