3 When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother, 4 he taught me and said: “Your heart must hold on to my words. Keep my commands and live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; don’t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 Don’t abandon wisdom, and she will watch over you; love her, and she will guard you. 7 Wisdom is Supreme – so get wisdom and whatever else you get, get understanding, 8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you. 9 She will place a garland of grace on your head; she will give you a crown of beauty.” (HCSB)
I don’t know what your situation at home was growing up, but mine was ideal. I grew up the son of a Baptist Preacher and Theologian with a school teacher as a mother. My dad is truly the smartest person I know when it comes to wisdom. Not so much with everyday mechanical, manly stuff. But as far as wisdom, he had it. Unbelievable what he could recall of his classes in seminary and what was taught that day, but couldn’t remember where he put his keys or where the remote was left. I never understood that until I got older. Now I’m the same way.
The things my father taught me as a child don’t have to be gone over every single day. They are ingrained in my soul. Treat a woman with kindness, respect and love. Be a gentleman. Put others before yourself. Be a giver and not a taker. Enjoy life, it is a gift from God. Love God with all your heart.
It’s a code, a guide to live by. I know what its like to live in misery…to be a fake. I know what its like to fool everyone you see in everyday life into thinking that you’ve got it all together, that you are on top of the world. I know what its like to be a poop filled M&M, looks delicious on the outside, but terrible on the inside. Its frustrating, time and life consuming and will eat at you until you explode.
But no matter what happens in my life, I have never left the principles and teachings of my father. I will never stray from that. I see that it can have a lasting impact on my children as well. Am I teaching my children the same principles as I was taught everyday growing up? Will they turn out to be the kind of person that holds to their beliefs no matter what happens? Because whatever can happen probably will and we will be tested to see how deeply carved our convictions of life are carved on our heart. Don’t give upon life. Don’t give up on yourself. Live and love life. Be free. Trust God. See Him in everything. The incredible master and His handiwork is everywhere. Whether his handiwork is a person or a place, see Him in everything.
Keep His commands “and live.” Know what true and a fulfilled life really are. It will come to you, but you must do this first. IF you keep His commands, THEN you will live. What an incredible promise. Yes we will struggle. Yes we will wander away from His commands. But if you always try and remember what you were taught, your instinct, you heart…you will never forget and will always come back to what you have been taught. Then you will live. You will be wise. You will understand…and you will LIVE.