Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.(Proverbs 1:8-9)
After declaring the principle of fearing the Lord, Solomon moves immediately to exhorting children to listen to their parents. Listen to your father and stay to your mother’s values, he says. If you do this, protection and blessing will come with it.
Think about this: Before you had a relationship with Christ, you had a relationship with your parents. Before God’s Word was ever read by you, you had their word. The first step toward wisdom is wise parents. Consider yourself blessed if you had godly parents who instilled in you at a young age how important it is to follow the Lord. Unfortunately, not all children are that blessed.
How do dads instruct? How do mothers teach? First, they offer their words of wisdom, often gleaned through the process of tough experience. Either they personally went through something they never want their children to endure, or they saw a moral disaster unfold before their very eyes. When they experienced that, they made a commitment to protect their young children proactively.
Also, they talk to their children and do not assume their children “got it” from school or church. Very importantly, they live their lives such that their children desire to emulate their paths.
Maybe you were not one of the blessed ones, raised in a solid Christian home. Instead, your home had nothing but strife, contention and survival. You were instructed, but your education came from another angle. You learned what not to do, what you never wanted for your children, when your time to teach came around.
There is nothing we can’t learn, either from a positive or a negative perspective. Regardless of what your classroom looked like growing up, choose now to instruct your children with right words and right living. They will be glad you did…and so will you.