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Parental Advice from a World-changer

John Quincy Adams was an amazing world-changer! As the son of President John and Abigail Adams, he was discipled by his godly parents in the art of Christian statesmanship. When his father was serving as the U.S. Minister in France, he sent for his young son to be with him. Under his father’s loving care and mentoring, he became so skilled and gifted in statesmanship that he received a Congressional appointment at the age of 14 to the Court of Catherine the Great in Russia! (Yes, I said 14)

He went to serve America as a US Senator, US Minister to France, US Minister to Britain and as the sixth President of the United States. He picked up the nickname, “Hell Hound of Slavery” for his tenacious and often single-handed opposition to slavery. When he was asked why he never seemed discouraged or depressed in his unpopular fight against the slave trade, Adams replied, “Duty is ours; results are God’s.”

What is the secret behind his courageous leadership?

Here’s an excerpt from a letter he wrote to “My Dear Son:”

“…so great is my veneration for the Bible, and so strong my belief, that when duly read and meditated on, it is of all books in the world, that which contributes most to make men good, wise and happy – the earlier my children begin to read it, the more steadily they pursue the practice of reading it throughout their lives, the more lively and confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens of their country, respectable members of society, and a real blessing to their parents…”

He went on to add, “I have myself, for many years, made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year…”

We see a man mentored by his father, who is now teaching his own son, by example, the importance of being immersed in the Scriptures.

So simple, yet so powerful. What are you teaching your children?

  1. Kyle Myrick
    September 2nd, 2010 at 21:16 | #1

    This is a very sobering message…If I am to be the start of the mentoring fathers in my family and reach the levels that this family portrayed, I have to be much more intentional and disciplined in my reading!

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