For the Love of Mom and Dad
Posted: Friday, February 17
Verse of the day:
A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother. (Proverbs 10:1 NLT)
Most of us just want to make our parents proud. It’s pretty incredible how much power their approval can hold over our lives life. There’s a trope used in movies a lot with characters having mommy or daddy issues. They seek affirmation or acceptance in different areas of their life because they never felt it from mom or dad. While we can watch those fictional characters on screen and feel sorry for them, there’s a lot of us who can relate and connect to that motivation because we feel the same needs.
One of my greatest concerns as a father is my future relationship with my daughter. I never want her to say, “I never had a great relationship with my dad” or, “My dad was never attentive to me.” As a parent, that’s cringe worthy! I don’t think any parent in their right mind would say that’s what they want for their future relationship either!
Yet, so many of us have strained relationships with our parents. We don’t agree, avoid contact as much as possible, and choose to do our own thing. Today’s Proverb speak an understandable truth - a wise child brings joy to their parents while a foolish child brings grief. What is wisdom in this instance? It’s doing things God’s way, the way that God intended life to be lived. God wants our relationships to thrive. It was a Jewish custom established by God to care for parents once they reached a certain point in life. My encouragement to you today is to make your parents proud. Whether they are here or not, whether they displayed the much needed affection growing up, or whether they are making terrible choices today. Live a life of wisdom that brings joy to them because it’s the same type of life God wants for you.