An ice house, instead of a hot house!
Every one of those
will be either in heaven--or in hell
(John Angell James, "Parental
"Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."
Fond mother, look at that babe hanging on your bosom,
and those other children sporting around your knee. And
you, the father of the family, watching them indulge in
joyous emotions and playful expressions--pause, ponder,
reflect--millions of ages from that moment of domestic
ecstasy, every one of those little creatures
either in heaven--or in hell; will be a seraph--or a
fiend; will be enduring inconceivable torment--or enjoying
ineffable felicity; will be be an associate with the devil
and his demons in everlasting fire--or a companion with
the innumerable company of angels in everlasting glory!
How tremendous is the responsibility of a parent! The
immortal destiny of your children should be your one
great, commanding, controlling, absorbing object!