Being a parent is one of life’s most delightful and rewarding experiences. At the same time, it can be one of life’s most exasperating and demanding challenges. Parenting works best when we are loving and understanding, consistent and calm in our reactions, and wise and mature in our actions and attitudes. But who on earth does all of that all the time?
Recently I met a woman whose passion is to bring the art of etiquette back into the home.
At the top of her etiquette to-do list: manners.
In an age where “please” and “thank you” are viewed as old-fashioned formalities, she is still convinced children who are taught proper etiquette will be equipped with the knowledge to thrive as adults.
Many of us have the right motives, but we just don’t know how to reprove one another the way God intended. In this message, let’s seek to understand the value and process of speaking the truth in love so we might gain—and share, especially with our children—the helpful insight that can remove blind spots and bring about needed change.
The book of Proverbs is for people who don’t know a whole lot about living—and that includes us all. It tells us what life is like and how it should be lived. Its contents are timeless, relevant, and easy to understand.
Being a parent is one of life’s most delightful and rewarding experiences. At the same time, it can be one of life’s most exasperating and demanding challenges. Parenting works best when we are loving and understanding, consistent and calm in our reactions, and wise and mature in our actions and attitudes. But who on earth does all of that all the time? We’re parents who are grateful for our children, but we’re still part of fallen humanity. This means that we’re often too busy and too impatient, too quick to jump to conclusions and too extreme in our reactions.
If you need wisdom to become skilled at godly living, become a student of the Proverbs. It’s one of the riches volumes of vertical wisdom for horizontal living ever written.
One of the reasons people love and respect the Bible is that they find its truths not only resourceful but always relevant…trustworthy and timeless. With reliable accuracy, its counsel never fails to provide the information we need when we lack understanding. Whether we are single or married, younger or older, wear a hard hat or a top hat, are self-employed or climbing the corporate ladder or retired from that pressured, stressful world, God's Word provides wisdom found nowhere else in literature…and not just wisdom but inspired wisdom.
Do you need wisdom so you can become skilled at godly living? Then become a student of Proverbs. It can transform your way of thinking.
Our culture suffers no shortage of people with academic degrees, corporate titles, and intellectual know-how. But sadly, those who are wise are still hard to find. Why? It’s simple. The pursuit of knowledge, while often good, doesn’t automatically produce wisdom.
True wisdom requires us to read God’s Word with the goal of practical application, not merely intellectual stimulation. Wisdom applies truth to all of life...and that takes a lot of time, including numerous and painful trials as well.
If you are graduating soon, good for you! Graduation represents finishing…something most folks find hard to do. To broaden the words of the great Apostle Paul, you have “finished the course.” I, among many others, am proud of you. I congratulate you. Your IQ and your GPA do not interest me nearly as much as your gumption to hang in there to the end. You have my respect.