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There is the story of a young man who went off to college and defied some of the values of his rearing that he had acquired in a Christian home. He had pornographic pictures on the walls. One day his mother came to visit him. She saw his walls but said nothing. Instead, she sent him a picture of herself and asked him to hang it up on his wall. The next time she went to see him the other pictures had been removed. And her picture was there hanging on the wall. She asked him about it and he replied, "You see mother, I could not have those pictures beside yours. They would be out of place." (A. Naismith. 1200 Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes. Great Britain: Pickering Paperbacks, 1988, p. 193). This story backs up the truth behind Proverbs 22:6: "Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" (NIV). When mothers raise their children well, "training them in the way that should go", they give their children roots that are not compatible with a worldly lifestyle in the "far country".

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