RHYTHM: Pass It Down – Proverbs 4

Trinity Sunday Proverbs 4Saturday before Trinity Sunday: Proverbs 4:1-9

Reading: Proverbs 4:1-9

Pass It Down

Being a parent is a drag.

Not because of the kids. The kids are pretty great most of the time. And when they’re not, it’s usually just because they’re kids. They’re still learning how to be.

Which is why it’s a drag being a parent. All you do as a parent is fail all the time at being a parent. Even if you’re not half bad at it, you eventually read some book that makes you feel bad about not getting a masters in counseling before having kids. All of your natural instincts are wrong and will eventually send them to counseling.

Probably not. But that’s how it feels at times. You realize pretty quickly how fragile your ability to maintain control over your own emotions and be the adult in the room. You get mad even faster than they do sometimes. Maybe they won’t remember.

The writer of Proverbs 4 certainly seemed to emerge from childhood with rosy memories! “When I was a son with my father, tender, and my mother’s favorite…” Maybe the boys will remember me like that. The advice, in any case, is solid: “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.” Sounds about right.

For reflection:

How do you pursue wisdom?

How did you learn from your parents differently when you were a child than you do now?

If you have kids, how are you intentional about passing down wisdom to them?


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