Daily Devotional
Great People Don’t Sprout Up Magically

“So the woman [Moses’ mother] conceived, and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months”

Exodus 2:2

Ponder This

A man came into a little village. As he drove around, he saw one of the villagers and asked, “This is a beautiful village—any great men born here?” The man said, “No…. Just babies.”

No one is born great; they have to be made, shaped, molded and guided. A great person is the result of Mama’s and Daddy’s prayers, faith and instruction.

At the time Moses was born, Pharaoh decreed that every baby boy under the age of two must be killed. Children are a gift from God, and we need to look at them as a great bundle of potentiality. That’s what Moses’ mother and father did. They saw he was a good little child with great potential. But he had to have the opportunity for training to develop to his full potential. They had a vision, and they protected Moses, so he could grow up and be used of God.

Some people spend more time training their hunting dogs than their kids. They tie up the dog at night and let the kids run wild—then wonder what went wrong. Train your children. A child who’s taught the way they should go, can hear other teaching and depart. But when they’re trained, it becomes part of their life.

Practice This

Are you consistently setting aside one-on-one time to teach each of your children the ways of God? Proverbs 22:6 says “you are to train your children in the way they should go”—teach them to choose the right path and to live the right way, to make wise choices—"and when they are old, they won’t lose their way.”


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