Mat 14:6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
Mat 14:7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
Mat 14:8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
Mat 14:9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
Mat 14:10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
Mat 14:11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
This is an extreme example of a mothers influence on her daughter. Mothers and fathers are given God given authority to raise their children. It is not the state that has been given authority, unless the parent does harm to a child. (Unfortunately as things are going, righteousness is counted as sin in a wicked and perverse nation.) A flawed parent may cause the children to be flawed. Some children recognize the flaws in a parent and attempt to live a better life. A better life needs guidance and help from God. God is the enabler for changing for good. Our good works come from the presence of God in in our lives.Without God we can do no good thing. With God we come to Jesus and receive forgiveness and a new heart. The more of God's heart, His word, we place in our heart, the more we become like him. Remember that good is greater than evil and greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. (1John 4:4) Our new life begins in Christ and in him there is no end.
Psa 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Psa 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Psa 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Psa 40:5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.