My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. —Proverbs 1:8-9
Western culture is renowned for its art and scientific prowess but, historically, it never placed the emphasis upon the quest for wisdom that was typical of Eastern cultures. As such, many in America would rather learn from the TV than their parents. But in the verses above the Bible clearly shows us that wisdom begins at home.
Wow! How many Christian parents can actually say that they sit down and discuss the way to avoid problems with their children? Too often we let our teens figure things out on their own and the result is regret.
We need to be involved in our children’s lives. It is the parent’s job to take time out of the busy work/school/sports schedule and teach our children how to be the men and women that God wants them to be.
Secondly, these verses encourage children to listen to the wisdom taught by their parents. We often complain that kids (especially teens) don’t want to listen but I wonder if there’s a reason for that.
Are we as parents showing our kids that we deserve their respect? Obviously, this isn’t a blanket statement; there have always been rebellious kids and there always will be. But we can improve our chances of getting through to our kids if we lead by example.
If we parents don’t live a life that overcomes the evils of irresponsible use of social media, pornography etc… how can we expect our kids to listen to what we have to say?
To sum it all up:
- Wisdom is what’s needed to successfully navigate an increasingly complex world.
- Parents need to have conversations with their children on a regular basis in which they teach them how to handle life.
- Our children need to listen, and we can improve the odds of them living by our words if we first show them that we deserve their respect.