Words from the Heart for Sunday July 18th, 2021
My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9 (NLT)
Your Mother’s Instruction
The total number of mothers in Canada (including biological, adoptive and stepmothers) in 2011 was 9.8 million. The number of stay-at-home mothers as a proportion of non-working mothers has declined over time. In 1976, more than 9 in 10 non-working mothers in a single-earner family were stay-at-home parents. The rest were either unemployed, students or permanently unable to work. In 2016, a little more than three-quarters of non-working mothers in a single-earner family were stay-at-home moms, while almost one-quarter were either unemployed, students or unable to work.
Moms seem to have a sixth sense. Sometimes it is described as “eyes in the back of their heads.” When we are little, dads seem to know everything and can do no wrong. No matter how old we get, we often call on dad when we need to make a decision or help with something. It has always been this way. Millenia ago King Solomon wrote this in Proverbs 1:8-9: “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.” It was King Solomon who wrote these words. His father was King David, who was not a perfect father. Solomon was the son of Bathsheba, and undoubtedly knew the history of that relationship. But Solomon still respected his father and mother and learned life lessons from both of them that helped him be the godly leader that he was. Your parents are not perfect either. But you are called to learn from them, and as you do your life will be so much better – crowned with grace, to use Solomon’s words here. That’s true blessing.
These have been words from the heart.