Children who are taught the Bible from the very beginning have a marvelous advantage. Studies show overwhelmingly that most born-again Christian adults accepted Christ during childhood. While fathers wield the greatest influence in setting the spiritual emphasis within the family, it’s often the mother who actually teaches the Scriptures to her children.
Such was the case with young Timothy. Long before the apostle Paul led him to a saving knowledge of Christ, Timothy had “from childhood…known the Holy Scriptures, which [were] able to make [him] wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). This knowledge grew from the instruction of two godly women, and Paul would later “call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice” (2 Timothy 1:5).
The love of a good mother is invaluable in the life of a child. But that value is exponentially greater when the mother is a follower of Christ. A godly father or grandfather may exert great influence for good in a child’s life, but a godly mother—one who loves the Lord, studies the Scriptures, and teaches them to her children—has a value “far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).
I am blessed to have such a mother. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother teaching Bible stories in Sunday school from an old flannel board she balanced on her lap. And during my boyhood she encouraged me to memorize Scripture, often testing me as I practiced my verses to earn merit badges for Boys’ Brigade and Awana. Most of all, I am thankful for her constant prayers throughout my life. My mother is the most fearsome prayer warrior I know, and much of my spiritual growth is due to her faithful intercession. A good mother’s love for her children never fades—but in my experience, the prayers of a godly mother, along with her love, always increase with the passage of time.
The fifth of God’s Ten Commandments tells children to honor their parents (Exodus 20:12), and it’s significant this is the only one that carries a special promise. Centuries later, Paul confirmed and even strengthened this mandate when he wrote, “‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:2-3). God considers this to be of such importance that long and productive lives are promised to those children who obey.
Through the years, ICR has been blessed to receive many gifts made in honor or in memory of loved ones. But the number of gifts made in remembrance of Mom far outweighs them all! If you are looking for a unique way to honor your mother, please consider a gift to ICR that will recognize her godly influence on your life. In exchange, ICR will send special letters of thanks and recognition to all family members and friends that you designate. We also provide you with a copy of all letters prepared on your behalf, along with our thanks and a tax-deductible receipt for your gift. Online gifts can be made at ICR.org/donate, or mail a short note to ICR with your check.
Every godly parent is worthy of honor by their children—every day, not just once a year. But those godly mothers who taught us the ways of God deserve special praise! Such mothers will indeed have occasion to “rejoice in time to come” as her “children rise up and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:25, 28).
Adapted from Mr. Morris’ article “Arise and Call Her Blessed” in the May 2013 issue of Acts & Facts.
* Mr. Morris is Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.