Our church started a new series in Proverbs on Sunday, and as we read through this week’s verse, it really stood out to me. I want Grace to develop into a women of wisdom, and I want her to understand that the instruction that her daddy and I give her is intended to help her do that. I think this verse is a perfect reminder of the concept for all of us.
So, as we study this week, we’ll be focusing on Proverbs 1:8,
“My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.”
Obviously we don’t have it altogether, but we do have a good bit more life experience than our sweet baby girl, so I want her to understand and respect that. I also want to begin instilling in her from an early age that God expects her to not just respect us as her parents but to respect others that can provide her instruction.
By establishing her awareness of that instruction and teaching as well as its importance now, we will be able to encourage her to accept it not just from us but also from others later. As we read through the verse this week, I’ll share with Grace the reasons why she needs to listen to us as well as share with her some of the ways that she can respond appropriately to us when she does have questions or doesn’t understand something.
I want to set this precedent first and foremost because I also want her to accept God’s instruction and direction in her life, and I know if we begin establishing that level of understanding now that we’ll be able to continue it and extend it even more in the future.
I want her to know that we don’t always know everything but that we always do our best to point her back to God, and that in so doing, she needs to accept correction and instruction.