My child, listen to me and do as I say,
And you will have a long, good life. PROVERBS 4:10
Throughout the book of Proverbs, the word son or child appears frequently. King Solomon wrote these words as a parent to his children.
After God had created the earth and then Adam, he said it was not good for Adam to be alone, and he created Eve. The idea of family is marked with a divine origin. A family is the place for the greatest potential for joy and sorrow and the place where much of our lives is molded. Socrates used to say he wondered how men who were so careful in training a colt could be so indifferent to the training of their own children. Scripture tells us, "Children are a gift from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3), but these men were placing a higher priority on their work than on their own families.
Parenting is serious business. I believe parents are in partnership with God to make disciples of their children. Yet no one has the job of parenting down pat. Parents learn parenting skills while rearing their children or as members of the PTA (Poor Tired Adults). One of the challenges of parenting is that by the time you gain sufficient experience in it, your children have grown up. At that point, your time of influence is limited.
King Solomon's message was for parents to train their children with both instruction and practical living (see Proverbs 4:10-11). The wisest man on earth ties to find a balance between using words and personal examples.
My friend Josh McDowell puts it this way: "Rules without relationship lead to rebellion." If you're a parent, take a few moments and plan some practical ways to find a balance between words and examples. They could be significant moments for the life of your child. If you're not a parent, commit to praying for young parents you know. They need it!
In His strong love,