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Tuesday, October 03, 2006
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World
We have a fantastic book on Australian History called "Discovering Australia's Christian Heritage" by Col Stringer. I highly recommend it to any Australian & also to Christians from other nations with an interest in God's Providence.
I grabbed it off our bookshelf the other day to look up something on one of the early explorers of Australia-Fredrick Leichhardt (1813-1848). On our trip back from Emerald on the Capricorn Highway, we passed a sign indicating there was a tree marking by him not far off the main road, but we didn't have time to stop.
The account of Leichhardt was a fascinating & exciting one. What I enjoyed most was reading the extracts of his letters back home to his Mother in Germany. They were both committed Christians. It is implied that he was a single man committed to moral purity. His Mother brought him up in the ways of the Lord.
Quote: In a letter dated September 6th 1842 the explorer wrote to his mother: "I feel as innocent as when you last took me in your arms. And I have you to thank for it. Why? Because when I think of the source of my moral principles what comes to mind is the room with the tiny little window in our old house, where you taught us to say our prayers morning & evening, & made us aware of our Father which art in Heaven." (page 69)
Isn't it amazing! Out in the loneliness of the Australian Outback, possibly working alongside people of varying moral standards, & encountering natives in varying stages of undress, Leichhardt remained strong in His Lord, whose relationship was formed at his Mother's knee.
The Bible says that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge... She taught him simply what was best & it stayed with him for the rest of his life. What are we teaching our children- the fear of the Lord, or are we filling their hearts & minds with fluff & entertainment?
Our job is the most important on Earth- molding the next generation. If we don't do it, then the world will, or the TV will. We could raise godly explorers, missionaries, doctors, godly attorneys, Legislators, Pastors, & godly wives & Mums who'll pass the baton on to the next generation, all over again- have I got you excited?
The hand that rocks the cradle really can rule the world!!