“My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother” Proverbs 1:8
Every parent on earth wishes their children knew this verse by heart – and followed it. Some of us children, as we reach maturity, wish we would have understood the truth of this verse when we were young and oh, so foolish (but thought we knew better than anyone older than us what was best for our lives).
“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men” Proverbs 4:14
It’s so easy to get caught up in the passion and excitement of the moment, isn’t it? When we wake up and realize we’re on the wrong path, miles from where we intended to go, we hardly remember how we got there. It’s worse than a bad dream.
It all starts by our failure to recognize that if we are following someone, we must choose carefully. Once we place confidence in another person to direct our decisions, we’ve surrendered. I suggest surrendering only to the Lord. Everyone else is just as human as you are and prone to making mistakes.
“The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself” Proverbs 11:25
I know being “made fat” doesn’t sound like a positive thing in our culture. This isn’t talking about our waistline; it’s talking about our soul.
True satisfaction comes from giving to others. Christ came to serve and give his life for all of us. Giving is more blessed than getting (Acts 20:35).
Notice that the key to getting is giving. If we water, we will be watered. Not that I’m suggesting anyone do something nice just to get something in return…I just want to point out that when we give until we feel like there’s nothing left, God will make sure to replenish us so we can continue to give.
“In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury” Proverbs 14:23
Translation: Don’t just talk about doing something, get up and do it.
Our society seems to value a strong work ethic less and less with each passing year. We see the successful person as the one who tells others what to do but never needs to lift a finger.
There’s work to be done and we’re the ones to do it. Rather than complaining, be thankful that you can serve Christ. He gives every person talents to be used for His glory? What’s yours? Have you used it in service to the Lord’s kingdom today?
“A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise” Proverbs 15:12
Remember the last time someone told you that what you were doing wasn’t right or could be done more efficiently a different way? How did you respond?
According to this wise saying, our response to correction or advice (solicited or not) tells much about the condition of our heart. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a scorner.
The next time someone offers advice or corrects you, get your pride out of the way and consider the heart of their message. In most cases, even those cruel words hold a grain of truth that can shape us into more mature Christians.
“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him” Proverbs 20:7
More parenting advice: actions speak louder than words. I know, how cliché.
It’s true though. The way to insure that you will have honest children is to live honestly before them. Don’t make excuses for your failures. Live every moment of every day as if your child is watching – because he/she is.
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding” Proverbs 17:28
Sometimes our wisest response is to keep our mouth shut.