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Author: Jim Brewer
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!” (Proverbs 22:13)
This is a rather amusing sketch of a couch potato. It’s an obvious caricature in order to make a point. Although it sounds ridiculous, this lazy boy says “I can’t go to work today, there’s a lion out there. I can’t go to school there’s a lion in the streets and I will be killed.” It sounds outlandish, and it is, but when you reduce it to its essence you see it appears he is giving a rationalization.
This person may not do much but apparently he can think, he can rationalize. He’s giving a rationalization of why he functions or doesn’t function the way he does. His argument is that the conditions are too dangerous or the conditions aren’t right yet to do what he ought to do.
So underneath this sarcastic proverb is this salient point: the sluggard always has a rationale or justification of why he should not do what he ought to do. There is always some barrier, some objection as to why he can’t do what he ought to do. Now does that fit us or what?
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Author: T. J. Randers
Proverbs 22 – W O W, there are so many Words Of Wisdom found within the 29 verses of Proverbs 22. There is sage advice for each of us throughout this chapter. The verse that stood out to me at this season in my life is verse 6:
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (ESV)
I wasn’t sure if the fact that I have 2 daughters (Ellie is 6 years old and Maddie is 19 months old) would get me off the hook on this one. I was hoping it only applied to parents with sons. Alas, I am pretty sure it is universal.
When I first skim the verse, the idea of “training” a child has a very military sound to it, but then I thought of all the different forms of “training” I have participated in during my life. I have participated in sports training, dental school training, and each year I complete continuing education, which often involves training in new techniques or technology. When I look at each of these examples of training, there is a deeper idea that is involved in training. Training is purposeful and intentional, we train to get better at something, as we train we learn by example and repetition of doing things correctly.
It scares me to think that I have a very short window of time of influence over my children so I know I must make it count. I must be intentional about what I teach them – I do not want it left up to somebody else. I must be purposeful about what I teach them, I want them to learn from God’s wisdom, not the world wide web or peers on the playground. I want to encourage them that we always have room for improvement, God does not expect perfection (Grace abounds), but he wants our hearts and our best efforts. I want to be a better example for them, I want them to see consistency from me of trying to be more like Jesus. The effort required to do this is worth it! We are told that by doing so our children will not depart from the path we help them down. This is both daunting and encouraging and leaves me very thankful for the church family and network of support we have at South Plains, let’s work together to “train up” our 1Youngers.
My prayer for each of you reading this is that God will grant you wisdom and strength to train up your children in the way of God and that through that, our children will be faithful throughout their lives. May God continue to bless each of you!