My child listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9 – NLT
Isn’t it sad how these words of wisdom do not seem to apply very much today? Fathers are no more seen as wise and mothers are no more regarded with much respect. I know that there are still millions of respectable and wise parents out there but there are also a good number or absentee dads and really troubled mums. The word today however still applies to us. Our true fathers and mothers as the people who love us and care about our future. People who have shown over time that they are willing to invest time and money in us. Not necessarily our biological parents.
The words of wisdom will therefore read like this.
My Child listen when the wise and caring people around you correct you! Don’t ignore their instructions. If the instructions are not clear, ask questions. What you learn will be worth a lot to you in the future.
I believe that for anyone to be successful and maintain success you must have people around you who have the authority and freedom to correct you and ask you the tough questions!
Wisdom Action – Find 3 – 5 people around you who can correct you and ask you the tough questions. Meet with them one after the other and thank them and let them know you appreciate them. If you don’t have these people, begin the process today of finding such people. (A coach, A pastor, Mentor..)