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Men who have in the past exerted the greatest influence for good in the world had, as a rule, pious mothers. The mother of George Washington, the man in whose principles we glory today, made it a practice each morning to spend an hour in prayer, devotion, and Bible study before attempting to conduct morning worship with her family.

The life of Abraham Lincoln, it is well known, was shaped to a large degree by his godly mother. When she was on her death bed, when Lincoln was but 12 years of age, he promised his mother that he would never use alcohol or tobacco. She had observed the influence of these narcotics upon others. That promise was never broken. Had it not been for the life of Lincoln’s mother the world might never have heard of the man to whom it shows great respect even today.

The lives of John and Charles Wesley stand forth as monuments of a mother’s influence. Although the mother of 18 children, she found time for daily secret prayer and Bible study. She was the teacher of her children. Speaking of John Wesley, the “Encyclopedia Britannica” (eleventh edition, Vol. 28, p. 527) says: “He was the fifteenth child. . . His mother’s training laid the foundation of his character, and under her instruction the children made remarkable progress.” The great work accomplished by this man of God is too well known to need further comment. The mother’s life was reproduced in the son. Charles, his brother, was the eighteenth child. He wrote not less than 6,500 hymns. What a testimonial this is to the influence of a godly mother! Whenever God had need of a man of worth in the past He had to search out first a godly woman to make such a man.—By Daniel H. Kress, Our Times.

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