Susanna Wesley was an incomparably brilliant and well-educated mother of sons who shook two continents for Christ. She wrote, “I am content to fill a little space if God be glorified.” She described her now famous childrearing commitment in these words:
No one can, without renouncing the world, in the most literal sense, do my method; and there are few, if any, that would entirely devote above twenty years of the prime of life in hopes to save the souls of their children, which they think may be saved without so much ado. That was my principal intention, however unskillfully and unsuccessfully managed.
Dorothy Patterson said, “No one — not teacher, preacher, or psychologist —-has the same opportunity to mold minds, nurture bodies, and develop potential usefulness in their children like a mother.”
The daughter of a serial columnist (Ann Landers) described her mother as a "professional woman" who collected a husband, a daughter, and a dog to enrich HER life." According to the daughter, the only one NOT damaged by this enrichment was the dog.
Napoleon was asked what could be done to restore the prestige of France. He replied: "Give us better mothers!"
Timothy Dwight, former president of Yale, said, "All that I am and all that I shall be, I owe to my mother."
Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev said, “We are experiencing a negative paradoxical family result of our sincere desire to make women equal with men in everything.” He added that Russia was not looking for ways to make it possible for women to return "to their purely womanly mission."
Let us not give up God's high calling in the way that He designed it best to be expressed by the separate and complementary roles of men and women – mothers and fathers.