Words from the Heart for Sunday July 17th, 2016
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9 (NIV)
Learning from our Parents
Proverbs describes a life of thoughtful integrity as being beautiful and rich. How does integrity create a beautiful life? Does your character look beautiful and rich?
According to a 2014 report on the CBC, Canadian parents are having to sacrifice in order to help their children get a post-secondary education. Parents reported they were eating out less, foregoing vacations, working more or borrowing money against their mortgage or line of credit to afford university or college education for their children. Especially hard-hit were the so-called ‘sandwich generation’, who are helping out elderly parents at the same time they had children in school. Among the respondents to the online survey, which posed questions to more than 600 families across the country who had students in university or college, 74 per cent of parents said they believed they had responsibility to help their children financially. Families who reported saving found the education nest egg they had put together covered only a portion of student costs.
Yesterday we spoke about the importance of people heeding the advice of godly parents, even if the children were adults. Today I want to continue with another bit of good advice that wise King Solomon gives in this regard. Proverbs 1:8-9 says: “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” The wisest of people listen to what God has to say and heed His commands and advice. But the Lord uses godly parents to speak wisdom into our lives as well, based on a lifetime of experience that we have not yet had. In eastern culture, garlands on the head and chains on the neck are a sign of honour. Whenever I travel to India and are greeted there by believers, a beautiful wreath of fresh flowers is put around my neck. It is a sign of welcome and honour. King Solomon tells his son that when the advice of parents is heeded, and life is lived according to godly advice, the result will be welcome and honour. To ignore the advice found in God’s word and that from godly parents will lead to a life where we neither live to honour God or receive His welcome and honour. How much better to head good godly advice and have the assurance that the day will come when we hear the Lord speak “well done, good and faithful servant.”
These have been words from the heart.