A child may grow up, go off on his own, run with the wrong crowd and go bad. He may get into trouble on a repeated basis, run afoul of the law and end up in jail. He may lose his direction and take a path of wickedness. He may so ruin his life that he alienates virtually everyone around him. He may get fired because of irresponsible behavior. He may lose his wife and children. He may even be castigated by society and spend half of his years incarcerated. Still, his mother will love him, hold out hope for him, visit him in prison and try to encourage him to change.
Ah, a mother's love! Yet there is one thing that many mothers fail to do for their children that could make all the difference in the world. It could mean the difference between failure and success for their children. It could be the thing that opens the eyes of their children to real meaning and direction and fulfillment in life. In the end, it could bring abiding happiness and peace to not only their children, but also to themselves. Yet so many mothers fail to do this one thing that is more important than all else that they do for their children. They fail to bring them up in the ways of the Lord!
There is no greater gif that a mother could give to her child than knowledge of God and His teachings. That gift could help her child understand that he has eternal worth, that he was created in the image, not just of his mom and dad, but more profoundly in the image of his Heavenly Father. That gift would be the surest way to guide her child along a path of righteousness and goodness and to guaranteed eternal life in Heaven. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6).