My blogging friend Warren Baldwin, has written a wonderful book by the above title. It is a guide to life through the teachings found in Proverbs and I have thoroughly enjoyed it!
Warrren writes, "The real aim of Proverbs is not to equip us with witty sayings to help us function more professionally in the world; it is to promote godly character so that we can enjoy virtuous relationships with God and people".
As I grow older and am trying to raise my family in a Godly way I often feel at a loss as to how to proceed. I've realized that as I strive to better myself, make myself a better disciple of God, that in turn I become a better role model and parent. This is so important because I know you lead by example. But there are days I hang my head in defeat knowing I didn't make the best choices that day and wondering where I can turn to find guidance. More and more I realize that we do indeed have an instruction book, it's called the Bible, and proverbs is full of ways to set a good example for your children.
Proverbs 4:10-12 says "Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble."
Warren uses this proverb to explain "We can't just tell our kids what to do. We need to explain, to show and to help them..." Sometimes my most frustrating moments as a parent comes when I ask my children to do something, something they are not familiar with, and then get upset when it is done wrong. But if I don't first set the example then I am not teaching them. This needs to be done with chores, schoolwork, and most importantly in the ways of being good followers of Christ.
For each proverb Warren quotes is a heartwarming real life story or situation to go along with it. This really helps to bring the scripture "home". I've found myself nodding in agreement, reflecting, and starring some scriptures that speak to me at the moment.
I hope you get a chance to visit Warrens blog, Family Fountain, which speaks on many subjects involving faith and family. I also hope you go to his site and pick up one of his books. Mine has a special place next to my bible and meditation journal.
Is there a scripture in Proverbs that speaks to you?