thought for the day

Proverbs 17:1-6

Words that float around my head from time to time, in particualr verse 1. They are words I come back to time and again when I am stretching the food budget, when we go without something, when we adapt recipes to make meals go further, when we cannot simply buy the latest this or that new. When my heart is tempted by finacial security over God’s calling on us and His shelter.

And the final words that parents are the pride of their children. What a challenge God’s word lays down for us as parents in the way we live our lives out in front of our children. Often we laugh about the embarrasement we cause our children and to some degree take delight in it and feel it is our right to cause embarrssement but God’s word says we will be the pride of our children. What will it take for us to have that relationship with them? Are there times when we have to reconsider our actions?

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
    than a house full of feasting, with strife.

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
    and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
    but the Lord tests the heart.

A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
    a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
    and parents are the pride of their children.

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