The Example Of Parents
Posted: Sunday, January 10
Verse of the day:
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, and they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. (Proverbs 3:1-2)
I am/was blessed with wonderful parents. Perfect, no, but wonderful, yes. They may not have approved of all I said or did, but I never for a moment doubted their approval of me. I always knew I was loved. But just as important were the values they taught me, their continual attempts to keep me on the straight and narrow.
My father may well have been the most honorable man I’ve ever met. While he tried to teach me that there were various sides to any issue, the fact is, no one would ever have been able to talk him into doing anything he believed was wrong. While I certainly was not exempt from trouble, I would have gotten into a lot more of it if the thought of him being disappointed in me wasn’t greater than any fear of punishment. And, though he passed away this year, I think I will always view life and right and wrong, (in many ways), through his eyes. That is driven as much from the example he set of who he was as a man and a father, as from anything he ever said.
In addition, I have a mother who is loving and giving—the consummate “Aunt Bea” type—not to mention the greatest “Granny” on the planet—through the eyes of her many, many grandchildren, and (5 generations worth). She is a friend to everyone and has the ability to see good in all that surrounds her. When her thoughts turn to words, they are well measured—putting her loving nature on display.
These are the examples of life that I believe Proverbs 3:1-2 is referring to—not just the spoken lessons, but the visual as well. And it’s not about financial wealth, it’s about spiritual wealth and a long life to enjoy the goodness of that heritage. It’s a wealth that comes from strong character and integrity—that is as much a part of prosperity as anything that can be measured in your hands.