Feeding the River


We must have a healthy respect for the unstoppable force of the broad, deep river which moves unceasingly in its onward course to the ocean. Today, in America, we are seeing much destruction from swollen rivers which refuse to be held within their banks. We can learn a lesson from nature. When the streams and rivers stay in their appointed channels they are a blessing to all. But when they overflow their banks, look for a larger work to do than that which has been appointed to them, they become a curse to man and beast.


Large rivers demand to be noticed. But what of the thousand rivulets from the mountains and hills which help to swell the river? They are small and insignificant, for the most part going about their daily work without notice; but they are needed. Their path through fields and meadows can be traced by the lush greenery that line their banks. The brook, although apparently lowly and unimportant, is as necessary as the river, for without the brook the mighty river would not be. Unitedly, they fulfill their appointed work - fertilizing the earth. Thus they carrying out God's plan, and add to the richness and glory of the world.


Like the brook, we are not all called to recognition. The apparently insignificant duties of raising children, if overlooked or neglected, will affect the larger plans in God's work. Now as in the days of ancient Israel, parents are to teach their children of God's faithfulness, of the promises of a coming Savior, and of God's requirements. This duty is not to be left for another to do. The loving hearts of father and mother are to be entwined in giving life lessons to their children during all the events of their daily life. Such was the training of Moses in a lowly home in Goshen; of Samuel, by faithful Hannah; of David, in the hills of Bethlehem; of Daniel, before the captivity; of the early life of Christ at Nazareth; of Timothy by his grandmother Lois, and his mother Eunice. Such is to be the training of our children. The foundation of the school at home is Christ. To teach each child to know and do the will of God is true education.


Christ says, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10) Let us be faithful in raising our children. Our little brooks are feeding a mighty river. Will it be a blessing or a curse?


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