Happy Father's Day

Zack Hudson

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, for they will be a garland of favor on your head and pendant around your neck. ~ Proverbs 1:8-9

Further Reading:  Proverbs 1:8-19

We love celebrating great victories and accomplishments. We watch champions hoist trophies above their heads or receive medals in a ceremony for their achievements. Many of them become legends for us to talk about for years to come. As parents we do the same with our children. When they excel in sports, academics or other various activities we are there with camera in hand and ready to share with the world what they have done. True, in a way we have usually played an important role in what they have accomplished and want to share the pride we feel. Proverbs teaches us the value of wisdom and that it too should be celebrated!

The two verses here point us in two directions. First, they reveal the hierarchy within the family. Mom and dad are in charge and part of being in charge is training up their children properly. The father and mother are both seen as giving instruction and teaching. Children are asked to listen and not reject this information. Second, the picture given here is that of how wisdom from this instruction and teaching will be celebrated. A garland of favor and a pendant can represent in similar fashion those who have championed their various activities. Think about that for a moment. Solomon is asking us to give special recognition to our children who have achieved and received this wisdom from us as parents. If my child becomes the best athlete and wins many championships yet fails at life what have they really gained?

Today as we celebrate and recognize our Fathers it reminds me that I want to earn that recognition to be celebrated well. I find that imparting God’s wisdom to my children is not only great for me as a dad but in the long journey of life it will be most rewarding for my kids as well.

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