Sure we are doing great today. I had an awesomely INSPIRED weekend. The journey of Child Protection Revolution continues this morning as I proceed to Ox-bridge Tutorial College on my second missionary journey to speak to the students of the great institutions of learning about their rights and responsibilities. I believe God for a fruitful session as I share my story of childhood abuse and how God rescued me and gave a message to help young and old to find help from the impact of child abuse and empower them not to repeat the error of their upbringing in raising their own children.
I will like to continue the discussion I began on Friday. In fact I want to bring it to a close. I said in my last piece that the only time I rejoice when a child arrives when I know that the parents have made conscious effort to educate themselves on the awesome but greatly despised responsibilities of parenting.
Permit me to share with you one story of a child whose parents took conscious responsibility to lead and gave a future and a hope:
Morrow and William Franklin Graham were the parents of Billy Graham. Here is a man, whom God has used to transform many live in their millions. Here are his personal reflections on his parents as written in his autobiography, Just As I Am thus: ‘When they (my parents) read the family Bible in our home, they were not simply going through a pious ritual. Mother told us that they had established a family altar with daily Bible reading the very first day they were married. They accepted that book as the very Word of God, seeking and getting heavenly help to keep the family together. Every time my mother prayed with one of us, and every time my parents prayed for their sons and daughters, they were declaring their dependence on God for the wisdom and strength and courage to stay in control of life, no matter what circumstances might bring. Beyond that, they prayed for their children, that they might come into the kingdom of God.’
He also shared that his parents were not perfect but were committed to being an example to their children. Billy Graham still in his autobiography wrote: ‘there had to have been tensions between Daddy and Mother from time to time, that we children were not supposed to see. I suppose my parents occasionally disappointed each other, and certainly they sometimes disagreed about serious as well as trivial things. But in any quarrels between them (parents) that I witnessed, I never heard either of them use a word of profanity. My mother and father [mostly my mother] could storm at each other once in a while when provoked, but they weathered every tempest and sailed on, together. He concludes about his upbringing, ‘in all the strictness of my upbringing, there was no hint of child abuse.’
When children are born to parents like Billy Graham’s and many other parents, who I would have loved to share about here but for space, I rejoice with the parents, I rejoice with the child and I rejoice with our world.
Permit me to check out of this page today with yet another testimony of responsibility parenting: John Maxwell, a world renowned leadership expert, who has a vision to equip ten million in his lifetime, says his mother had a great impact in his life. She was a ‘compassionate listener,’ he explains, which in turn ‘fostered in me a great sense of security and self-esteem.’
Have an INSPIRED day.