My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.
What’s unique about an imperfect, earthly father?
He’s ahead of you on life’s path.
Life has many treacherous mountains, lonely valleys, stormy seas, and barren deserts. A father, especially a godly father, can shine a flashlight or lantern from ahead of you on the path and call out, “Son, follow my voice. Follow my light.”
A dad can cheer you on when you’re on the right path but so tired you want to give up. He can stay with you through the long, dark night when you’re afraid. He can put the oxygen mask on you, wipe your weary forehead, or let you rest when you’re too tired.
A son whose heart turns from his father and mother must find his own way through his dark nights and storms. Unfortunately, he won’t get the words of encouragement he often desperately needs. But, hopefully, while his parents are still alive, he’ll come to his senses and turn to them for help.
My father died in 1975. My mom died in 2003. How many times–even now–I wish I could call one of them and ask their advice or tell them how I’m doing.
If your dad or mom are still alive, can you reach out to them today? If you’re not reconciled, can you at least try? They need you as much as you need them to complete some very important places in your life.
It’s a hard, lonely life to try to make it alone.
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