Never talk to strangers.
Say please and thank you.
Always be gracious.
Say you are sorry.
Always drink something hot in the morning.
Treat women with respect.
Don’t swallow your gum.
(I still have a hard time with this one...ask my wife)

These were all things my momma always told me when I was growing up. She impressed these things upon me. She made sure to drill them into me at first as a lesson; but even when I did something contrary, she would warn that had I listened to these sayings whatever bad thing that happened wouldn’t have happened.

It’s interesting that I still can recall the things that she taught me to hold onto, these life lessons. They’ve kept me safe. They’ve kept me from making mistakes. They’ve kept me grounded. They’ve kept me on a journey of being the best man that I could be. In any given situation, because I have repeated these statements over and over, I’m able to know exactly what to do. I can act within the character that I am and have been built because of what she has said.

3 Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
4 Love wisdom like a sister;
make insight a beloved member of your family.
— Proverbs 7:3-4

 

In the opening verses of Proverbs 7, we are being challenged to love wisdom. To love these lessons that seek to guide us to healthy living and living according to God’s word. It challenges us to repeatedly read the Proverbs and let them become concrete in our lives so that in any situation, we are able to know what wisdom says and to act upon it.

Wisdom should be as close to us as our closest relative. We love them, we cherish them, we check in with them. This, then, is what we ought to do with wisdom.

Love it.
Learn it.
Cherish it.
Repeat it.
Live by it.

Father I pray that we are consistently challenged by your word and anchored by it. May it guide us in every situation and circumstance. May we trust it as our ever present guiding light.

Amen.