Choices matter, so choose well. Let’s get some wisdom.
One of the joys in my life is that I get to go speak to children at schools about making good choices. My ultimate message is this: when you make better choices, you will live a better life. If you want more information about this, visit hellomisterbrown.com. But this isn’t a selfish plug of mine. It’s the idea about our verse for today.
This verse helps us see that our choices not only impact us, but they impact others, as well. Let’s check it out. Proverbs 23:25 says, “Let your father and your mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.”
Students: make choices in your life that will help you live a better life. Your choices will affect you now and in the future, but they will affect those around you, your siblings, your parents, aunts, uncles, and anybody else. I know your parents may sometimes pressure you to do certain things. I don’t always want you to live under the pressure of trying to please your parents; but I do want you to choose well, and to live a better life. Whatever you do, make choices that will honor your parents and honor yourself. Be a person of respect, honesty, and integrity. When you have these character traits, they will help you live a better life, and it will end up pleasing your parents too.
Parents: Make sure you focus on the essential things. It’s nice to have career goals for your children, but what if they aren’t geared for the career you want for them? What if they want to go into the arts instead of being the doctor that you want them to be? They may not want to be what we want; we don’t get to live out our dreams through them. We want to make sure we keep the main things the main things: that they have a fear of the LORD; that they love the LORD with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength; that they love and trust in Christ; and that they are making choices that honor Him. All the other stuff will fall into place.
Students, it’s important for us to choose well, and when we do, it will make your parents proud, and it will honor them, even if it looks different than they thought it might.
I hope that my children make choices that I can be proud of, and I also hope that I make choices that my mother is proud of. Of course, our ultimate goal is to please Christ, but if I do that, she’ll be pleased with me, too. One more time: “Let your father and your mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice,” (Proverbs 23:25).
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