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Three men applied for a job driving a truck over a mountain route. The first guy said,
"Iím such a good driver, I can come within one foot of the edge without losing control." The
second guy said, "Oh yah, well I can come within six inches of the edge and not lose control."
The man doing the hiring looked at the third man, and asked him how good of a driver he was.
He replied, "Well, Iím a good enough driver to know not to try to drive close to the edge at all. I
stay as far away from the danger as possible."
"If our company is to be more successful than the enterprises with which we compete, it will be becauseall our people are distinguished by a small positive increment of devotion, dedication or determination beyond that of their opposite numbers elsewhere. It is such modest differences in individual achievement, multiplied by many thousands or millions, that distinguish a great company from one that is indifferent."
A MOTHER'S SECRET FOR SUCCESS
This is a poem we found 11 years after my moms death.It touches my heart each time I read it.
A Mothers Secret For Success
When in the morning I wash my children, I prayed that they might be washed by the Saviours precious blood.
When I put on their garments, I prayed that they might be arrayed by the garments of salvation in the robe of Gods righteousness.
When I give them food, I prayed that they might be feed with the bread of life.
When I started them on the road to school, I prayed that their faith might be as a shining light brighter and brighter to the perfect day.
When I put them to sleep, I prayed that they might be enfolded in the Saviours everlasting arms.
(Reva Miller 1928-1993)
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THE INFLUENCE OF MOTHERS
Don DeWelt was one of my college professors at Ozark Christian College. Don preached a sermon entitled, "The only commandment the virgin Mary ever gave." What was that commandment? DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.
God bless all mothers who have said to her children, "Do whatever Jesus said" or "Do what the Bible teaches." And what made this command better was when Mother set a good example in following the words of Jesus.
A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it did not help. Her son's memory was blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, "I am the light of the world." The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud clear voice said, "My mother is the light of the world!"
Many mothers have been a light in this world in the sense of living by faith in the Lord. There is no better example that a mother could give to her children than living by faith in the Lord.
One young preacher who just lost his mother in death, wrote: "I can remember that nearly every night mother had a family time. She would read a Bible story, and get us all on our knees afterward and pray for each of us by name. She also loved to read and mark up her Bible."
Alexander Campbell of the early 1800's, said of his mother, "Having a particularly ready and retentive memory, she treasured up the Scriptures early in life, and could quote and apply them with great fluency and pertinency from childhood to old age."
When Preacher John Wesley was a student at Oxford University he was shocked by the amount of drinking done by the students. After writing to his mother, Susanna Wesley, for her counsel, he received the following words: "My dear son: remember that anything which increases the authority of the body over the mind is an evil thing."
(From a sermon by Steve Shepherd, Mother, May I?, 5/2/2011)
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THE IMPACT OF MOTHERS ON CONSCIENCE
According to research published in Psychological Science (October 2004 issue), children who have the good fortune to interact with their mothers a lot develop healthier consciences.
These researchers conducts a couple of experiments where they encouraged toddlers to imitate their mothers in such simple activities as playing tea party or playing with a stuffed animal. As the researchers monitored this interaction, they classified the children based on their readiness to imitate what they observed in their mothers and then graded them on a sliding scale.
Then, in subsequent sessions, they enticed those same young children with prizes for games that they could win only by cheating or breaking an object that had some value to them.
What they found was: Toddlers who eagerly imitated their mothers were more likely to follow the rules and more likely to exhibit a sense of guilt when they broke something.
(From a sermon by Jeff Strite, On The Catwalk, 5/13/2012)