If I could speak with the tongues of men and of angels, I could not still express the influence of a mother. There is no goodness like the goodness of a good mother and there is no badness like the badness of a bad mother! Thomas Carlyle, historian and writer, and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle had one of the rockiest and turbulent marriages ever. But when she died in 1866, Carlyle was haunted by memory of neglecting his wife. On Jane’s tombstone in Haddington, England Carlyle had these words inscribed: “40 years she was a true and loving helpmeet to her husband and worthily forwarded him as none else in all worthy he attempted. She died April 21, 1866, suddenly snatched from him and the light of his life is gone out.” In his Reminiscences of Jane Welsh Carlyle, he wrote: “Oh, that I had you yet for five minutes by my side that I might tell you all.” He had 40 years with the right woman, yet he did not use it wisely. Paul Rogers, over forty years the Centerville Church of Christ preacher, used this theme to introduce a lesson called “Forty Years With The Wrong Woman”. The text is 1 Kings 21:25 – “There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the LORD like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited.” Jezebel was married to Ahab 40 years!