Cross Training

Unseen Guardians: Part 2

Last week, we talked about the guardianship of Mom and Dad’s words. Reread the passage below and refresh your memory:

“My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life…”                                                                                  Proverbs 6: 20-23 NIV

We talked about how they guide you, watch over you, and speak to you. Solomon gave us pictures of light and lamps to describe them and reminds us that Mom and Dad’s corrections and discipline are the way to life.

Today, let’s look at our part. Zero in on verses 20-21.

“My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.”

What instructions do you see?

Keep          Do not forsake          Bind them upon your heart—forever          Fasten them around your neck

Keep. To keep something, you must first receive it. Accept Mom and Dad’s instruction and realize it’s a gift. Others don’t get such advice and training and must learn the hard way. You have a chance to learn some important stuff without making mistakes yourself, so receive it. Mom and Dad are looking out for you.

Do not forsake. Don’t hit the delete button in your mind just because you didn’t like what they said. If you don’t get the why’s behind their words, ask, then listen.

Bind them. Fasten. Make it part of who you are. Girls, wear and live those words like you would your favorite necklace. Guys, tie them to your heart the way you would tie your cleats before a big game, carefully, so they don’t come untied during an important play.

Though it may be hard to understand the reason behind each thing you are told, as you grow and mature, you’ll see and understand more and more. Until then, trust God that He’s put you in good hands with Mom and Dad. Not perfect, but good.

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