Proverbs 20 – July 20

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Proverbs 20
Author: Luke Anderson

What do you want to be when you grow up?

We are often asked this when we are young, and often times I’m sure you answered, “I want to be like my dad!”

We all look up to our parents, or someone in our lives that is older than us. That is why one of our church mottos is “1 Older” You are being looked up to, parents! We want to be like you.

In the song “Watching You” by Rodney Adkins this phrase comes to life.

Adkins describes a son who copies the things his dad does, both good and bad. When the son is asked where he learned to act like that, the son replies:

He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad. Ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We got cowboy boots and camo pants.
Yeah, we’re just alike. Hey, ain’t we, dad?
I wanna do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.”

I love this song because it is true to me, I want to be like my dad. Things that he does I wish I could do. One day I will grow up and will raise my kids the way he raised me.

Little kids look up, both physically and in life problems. The son looks up to his dad. “I want to be just like you.” “I’ve been watching you.”

To everyone out there, someone is looking up to you! That might be a kid at school, or your child, or your nephew, or someone you met at church, but someone is watching what you do. If you are doing something wrong then they will do that. If it is something right, then they will do that, too.

Proverbs 20:7 says “Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right.” (GNB)

We are fortunate to have you and if you are making a bad decision, we will probably make it too. The Bible talks about raising your kids up in what is right and that is very true because we do look up to you.

Do what is right in the eyes of the LORD, because if you do it, chances are some one else will follow in your footsteps.

I invite you to teach your kids in what is right because it will be passed on to future generations and if you were not raised right, then I invite you to change that. There is still time to teach your kids and raise them up in honest and right things.

Proverbs 3 – July 3

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Proverbs 3
Author: Luke Anderson

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3.5 NIV)

I love the books people write.
“How to…”
“Something for Dummies”
“Fixing Your…”

People buy these books because they need something. Something that needs to be done right now. They need to learn how to do something, so they watch a video on YouTube or go to a seminar. They want to get something in their lives fixed.

Verse 5 says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Lean not on your understanding, but on the Lord’s. Sometimes we think we can do it. We can be the heroes. We can save the world. We think we can fix our problems. Something is going wrong in our lives and we HAVE to fix what’s wrong with it. We think we know it all, but we don’t. The problems in our lives are not going to be fixed unless we have God. We can read book after book, watch video after video, but this won’t do it.

We are impatient people. We want it done now. We have been this way since the Old Testament. When Moses was on the mountain getting the 10 Commandments, the people didn’t want to wait and built an idol. Moses hits the rock to get water instead of talking to it. Saul sacrifices before Samuel gets to him. God is too “slow” for us so we take a shortcut. We go to the books or YouTube. We might learn some information but this isn’t going to fix it.

In the book Gods at War, Kyle Idleman talks about a man going to the doctor. The man has been coughing a lot and feels sick so the doctor runs some tests and gives him medicine. The man goes home and feels a lot better. The tests come back and the man has lung cancer. But the doctor doesn’t tell the man because he is on medicine and feels fine. On the inside, he is really being eaten alive by the cancer. The medicine fixes the symptoms, but not the disease.

God fixes the disease. We can’t fix it. When we rely on ourselves, things don’t work out. This is why we just have to trust and rely on God to do it. I love this proverb, but a lot of times we just forget to trust him because it’s in our instincts to fix things ourselves. Hopefully this reminds us not to do it ourselves and to let God into our lives and to use his understanding and help.

Proverbs 19 – June 19

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Proverbs 19
Author: Luke Anderson

Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 19.27, NIV)

If you are ever in our house and listening to our conversations, you will often hear the question: “Why?”

If something doesn’t go our way, our response becomes “Why this?” or “Why that?” I’m sure my parents get tired of hearing this. My sister and I both ask this question and some times the response from my father is “Because I said so”.

We want to think this is a sarcastic or rude response but in reality, this is the honest answer to our complaining. We often leave it at that. But sometimes we push our luck and say: “So? It doesn’t matter. What do you know, anyway?”

My father’s classic response is “When you have lived as many years as I have, let’s talk.” This aggravates us and you can probably see why, but when you think about it, he is so right. He is the smarter one and we are really not thinking when we say these things.

We know the Bible talks a lot about honoring your parents. However, when you are a teenager, you don’t always want to honor your parents. I think all parents that have had teenagers will agree, too often we want our way and to do our stuff.

Truthfully, we are selfish. We want what makes us happy and to do what feels good to us. We think our parents don’t know anything even though they have been around a lot longer and seen way more things then us. They don’t know how the world is now and are behind the times. But this is not true at all! We look at this proverb and discover that once we stop listening, we have moved away from knowledge. We are, as the Proverbs often says, the foolish ones.

This hurts me to say, but sometimes the “oldies” are right. [Tweet This]

Listen to their instruction.