Proverbs 6:20-22; My son, remember your father’s command, and don’t forget your mother’s teaching. Remember their words always. Tie them around your neck and keep them over your heart. Let this teaching lead you wherever you go. It will watch over you while you sleep. And when you wake up, it will give you good advice.
I’m so thankful for being raised in a home where my parents valued each other and us. I’m thankful that they took us to church every day the doors were open, read us Bible stories and missionary stories and taught us about honoring God. I’m glad I got a spanking when I didn’t obey and got my mouth washed out with soap when I lied. Those two things happened more often then I’d care to admit, and I didn’t like it when it happened, but I’m thankful they followed through on what they promised. I found myself passing that trait onto our children who now practice the same things on our grandchildren.
Those principles of right and wrong are indeed tied around my neck. I think about them all the time, they are the compass that keeps me from becoming directionally challenged. When I find myself crossing a line, I hear myself asking, “Is this really what I want to be known for? Is it worth the risk? What would my dad think? Would my heavenly Father approve?” It watches over me while I sleep and when I wake up, it gives me good advice.
Father, thank you for providing me with home that was not perfect, but whose foundation was built on the perfect One. I know that when the foundation is good, everything else can be torn down and rebuilt, but when the foundation is bad, it must be dug up, done correctly and then built upon. Regardless of our upbringing or our past, You make all things new. When You lead us into all truth, our foundation and our house will remain strong in the storms of life. I will keep your Word ever before my eyes and in my heart so that it will guide me. This day, I will choose wisely and think before I speak so that my choices and words will be a reflection of Your own. It’s in Jesus’ name I ask this. Amen