We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Unwearied Labor

Charles was just four years old when he was separated from his mother in a dreadful storm at sea. Endeavoring to save her baby girl, Charles’ mother could not save the life of her son. Assuming him lost forever, the grieving mother slowly rebuilt her life and treasured her daughter as the apple of her eye.

But little did she know that the unthinkable and unpredictable Providence of God was working behind the scenes, working all things together for good! Now reunited, as a grown lad, Charles recounts the story of God’s miraculous provisions. Raised by a rural minister, Charles returns as a man of purpose and conviction. His account of his upbringing will be an inspiration to all who read about the parenting instruction given by the wise old rural minister:

“Be unwearied in the labor of your calling. The vocation of a student is noble and honorable. Whether you study law, medicine, or divinity, in all these the welfare, either temporal or eternal, of your fellow beings is entrusted to you. It would be a fearful thought were you not in earnest in desiring to become master of your profession, and if, instead of contributing to the happiness of men, you, through ignorance and unskilfulness, should cause their injury. The years of study are the seed-time; make use of this precious time ere it flies away–else you cannot expect a joyful harvest” (The Little Lamb, p. 66).

As I read over these words, I thought what an apt reminder they are for those of us who are motivating and educating the next generation. Our children’s slackness could harm not only themselves, but future generations and even future civilizations as well. This realization should motivate us to inspire our children to pursue excellence in their gifts and callings.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1st Peter 4:10)

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