The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom. It’s surprising how one short verse after the next is still so relevant to our modern lives even though it was written hundreds of years ago. It’s a testament to the nature of Holy Scripture. It’s living, active and has the power to transform our lives now.
I’ve been reflecting on the many bits of wisdom found in scripture regarding parenting. So many things parents say and think their kids should do, but when the kids balk at the request, the best we can do is say, “because I said so!”
Maybe there are some great reasons, passed down through other faithful people. We may not even know how and when this all began, but it’s already been written about.
I may try backing up my requests by reading (or memorizing) the short verses in Proverbs that apply to this nothing-like-it journey of parenthood.
Here are just a few of them I noticed reading this morning:
don’t be lazy
Work hard and become a leader;
be lazy and become a slave. Proverbs 12:24
A hard worker has plenty of food,
but a person who chases fantasies has no sense. Proverbs 12:11
Lazy people want much but get little,
but those who work hard will prosper. Proverbs 13:4
take the dog out
The godly care for their animals,
but the wicked are always cruel. Proverbs 12:12
lying is never good
Truthful words stand the test of time,
but lies are soon exposed. Proverbs 12:19
The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in those who tell the truth. Proverbs 12:22
don’t worry about it
Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25
good morning… wake up!
If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat! Proverbs 20:13
stay away from temptations
Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Proverbs 4:14
don’t eat too much
Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it. Proverbs 25:16
keep good friends
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22
trust in god
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
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