Today we celebrate Mother’s Day.
I thought I would tell you about a boy named John and how his
mommy and daddy each wanted him to grow up to be a follower of
Jesus but disagreed on what he should do with his life.
His dad, known as Deacon John was a
farmer and shoemaker. He was a man who spent many hours at his
church in Massachusetts. Deacon John was a good example by giving
ten percent of what he made to the church. His mom, Susanna was a
loving mother, and wanted the best for her son.
Young John was taught to read at
home, he really wanted to be a farmer like his father. Young John
told his dad he liked the work of a farmer, but his dad told him,
“But I don’t like it so well: so you will go back to school
At the age of fifteen young John
was pronounced, “Ready for college” and he went to a college
called Harvard. His dad sold ten acres of his farm so John could
go to college. In college John discovered his love for books. He
read the Bible every Thursday through Sunday morning.
After he graduated from college it
is thought that he might become a pastor. His mother thought he
was not good enough to be a pastor of a church, even though his
father Deacon John wished John would become a pastor. Anyway, John
was good at public speaking and he made his mother happy when he
became a lawyer instead of a pastor.
He moved to Boston and helped many
people with their problems. One day several soldiers killed five
people. John was told to represent the soldiers, which was a very
unpopular position to be in and as a result, John lost many of his
friends. He lost all of his friends when he was able to prove that
the soldiers were defending themselves, which he proved and won
John loved his community and he ran
for local offices and ended up representing the State of
Massachusetts in Congress.
His dad Deacon John didn’t live
to see what his son eventually became. I’m sure he would have
been very proud, as his mother was, when John was elected
President of the United States, following a guy named George
Washington. The young John who listened to his mother’s advice
was John Adams, the second President of the United States.