Behind Every Great Man Stands A Great Woman.
April 11, 2014
Have you ever wondered how great people get to be great? I mean. Really. At what point do you go from just an ordinary somebody…. To someone really great?
Is the gift of greatness something that some are born with and others simply aren’t? Or is greatness something you can work at? And become.
Recently, I read a story about a man most of us know very well. He started out as an ordinary boy who played football in college. After graduating, he began a career in radio broadcasting. From there, he went on to work as an actor and film star before entering the military. But, it wasn’t until he entered into politics that this man really made his mark on the world. From 1967-1975, he worked as the governor of California. Then, in 1981, after two failed attempts, he was elected 40th President of the United States.
That ordinary boy grew into an extraordinary man. His name was Ronald Reagan.
Reading about President Reagan’s life, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What was it about this man that made him so great?”
Not knowing much about his early life, I assumed Ronald Reagan must have grown up in an affluent family. After all, he was a successful radio broadcaster, actor and politician. But when I looked into Reagan’s childhood, I discovered something far from affluent. In fact, Ronald Reagan was born into a rather poor family. His father struggled as an alcoholic throughout his life. Yet, amazingly this man turned out to be someone great.
With an alcoholic for a father, I found this hard to believe…
Until I read about his mother… Nelle Reagan.
Nelle Reagan was a woman of great faith. She was an active member of her church, taught Sunday school and was devoted to prayer. From the time he was a boy, Reagan’s mother planted seeds of hope into his life through the Word of God. She repeated one specific phrase over her son’s life on an ongoing basis.
Nelle Reagan would say, “God has a plan for your life. There is purpose and worth to each and every life.”
I wonder who Ronald Reagan would have become without his mother’s influence? Knowing the path of his father, without her, I am convinced the story would not have ended the same.
Proverbs 15:23, “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!”
Great men and woman are not born. Indeed, they are made.
As a mother, your words of affirmation and hope have the power to change the course of your child’s life. Your words of praise and encouragement continuously repeated in your child’s ear will override every negative word or destructive situation your child finds himself in.
Whether they are four or forty four, the words we speak over our children’s’ lives are like fertilizer to the soul. They cause our children to grow into tall trees- with deep roots.
It is true what they say, “Behind every great man stands a great woman.” That woman… is often “Mom.”
“Lord, I pray that every mother who reads this post would have a fresh revelation of both the creative and destructive power of her words. That she would be intentional in creating an environment around her children of hope, encouragement and praise. That each and every word spoken forth from her mouth would utter grace, life and peace. And that mother’s everywhere would have a deeper understanding of how to defeat darkness with the weapon of her words as they come into agreement with Yours. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”