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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Word of Inspiration: Heeding Instructions from Parents

"My son, hear the instruction of your father and do not forsake the law of your mother. For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck." (Proverbs 1:8-9)

Something happens to us when we hit our teenage years. All of a sudden we believe we have all the answers and our parents are just old-fashioned traditionalists. But the truth is, they've been around long enough to learn a few lessons that stand the test of time. Fast forward a few more years to rearing children ourselves. How many times have we caught ourselves repeating the same phrases to our kids that our parents said to us (especially during discipline) that we thought we'd never utter? What our parents taught us is still in us, even if we didn't always heed the advice ourselves.

I believe the graceful ornament on our heads is the wisdom our parents instills in us so that we can age gracefully without having to relearn some of their lessons the hard way--if we heed their instruction. The chain around our necks is the law, a constant reminder to not stray to the left or the right. It is our boundaries of protection so that we won't have to experience the heartache of certain consequences if we keep and obey these laws or "rules". 

Some things aren't as hard as they seem. We just make it that way when we want to go our own way and do things our way.