One Sunday a preacher was entertained in a farm home of a family of a rural church. The preacher was impressed by the intelligence and unusually good behavior of their only child, a little four-year-old boy. Then the preacher discovered one reason for the child’s charm. The mother was at the kitchen sink, washing the intricate parts of the cream separator when the little boy came to her with a magazine. “Mother,” he asked, “what is this man in the picture doing?” To the preacher’s surprise, she dried her hands, sat down on a chair, and taking the boy in her lap she spent several minutes answering her son’s questions.

After the child had left, the preacher commented on her having interrupted her chores to answer the boy’s questions, saying, “Most mothers wouldn’t have been bothered.” “I expect to be washing cream separators for the rest of my life,” she told the preacher, “but never again will my son ask me that question.” “A child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15). Think about it!

Tom Moore
via Eastside church of Christ
Muskogee, OK
Bulletin Digest (Nov. 2006)

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