The Queen of the Home.–The king upon his throne
has no higher work than has the mother. The mother is
queen of her household. She has in her power the molding
of her children’s characters, that they may be fitted
for the higher, immortal life. An angel could not ask for
a higher mission; for in doing this work she is doing
service for God…. Her work is for time and for eternity.
The mother is the queen of the home, and the children
are her subjects.
The children are to be taught to regard their mother,
not as a slave whose work it is to wait on them, but
as a queen who is to guide and direct them…
Eternity.–The sphere of the mother may be humble;
but her influence, united with the father’s, is as abiding
as eternity. Next to God, the mother’s power for good
is the strongest known on earth.
The mother’s influence is an unceasing influence; and if
it is always on the side of right, her children’s characters
will testify to her moral earnestness and worth. Her
smile, her encouragement, may be an inspiring force.
She may bring sunshine to the heart of her child by a
word of love, a smile of approval.
Her Grand and Noble Commission. — There are
opportunities of inestimable worth, interests infinitely
precious, committed to every mother. The humble round
of duties which women have come to regard as a
wearisome task should be looked upon as a grand and
noble work. It is the mother’s privilege to bless the world
by her influence, and in doing this she will bring joy to
her own heart. She may make straight paths for the feet
of her children through sunshine and shadow to the
glorious heights above. But it is only when she seeks,
in her own life, to follow the teachings of Christ that the
mother can hope to form the character of her children
after the divine pattern.
Sculpturing a Likeness of the Divine.–There is a
God above, and the light and glory from His throne rests
upon the faithful mother as she tries to educate her
children to resist the influence of evil. No other work can
equal hers in importance. She has not, like the artist, to
paint a form of beauty upon canvas; nor, like the
sculptor, to chisel it from marble. She has not, like the
author, to embody a noble thought in words of power;
nor, like the musician, to express a beautiful sentiment
in melody. It is hers, with the help of God, to develop
in a human soul the likeness of the divine
The World’s Debt to Mothers.–The day of God will
reveal how much the world owes to godly mothers for
men who have been unflinching advocates of truth and
reform–men who have been bold to do and dare, who
have stood unshaken amid trials and temptations; men
who chose the high and holy interests of truth and the
glory of God before worldly honor or life itself.
Mothers, …your influence and example are affecting the
character and destiny of your children; and in view of
your responsibility, develop a well-balanced mind and a
pure character, reflecting only the true, the good, and
The Adventist Home, Chapter 38