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12 July 2008

A Life Lesson

5:47 PM Posted by steve flores 4 comments
I love my mom. I spoke a message on Wednesday about avoiding the wrong people and the verse in Proverbs reminded me of something mom used to tell all three of her boys! We were a handful to keep up with, each with very distinct personalities and issues. Lord, did my parents have patience!

Proverbs 1:8 My child, listen to your father’s teaching and do not forget your mother’s advice. 9Their teaching will be like flowers in your hair or a necklace around your neck. (New Century version)

I get this mental image, like in the movies, a person stepping off the airplane in Hawaii and the islanders place a lay around their neck and flowers in their hair. It’s just the way my mind works—really no spiritual implication immediately. Then I thought, wait a second. Is the Bible saying that we will be attractive if we listen and follow the advice of our parents, the right kind of people? Will we become more attractive than the wrong people we should be avoiding?

Here’s where my mom’s voice rings in my head: “You’re a Flores. You should treat girl’s right. You should respect them, honor them and be good to them. If they decide they don’t want to be with you, at least you know you did everything right! Make them wish they never broke up with you and make it hard for them to find another guy like you.”

You might not agree with her parenting style, but she instilled confidence in her boys. She also taught us to be the right people. We might not have had the looks, the expensive clothes, the nice cars, or the big bucks, but we were taught that living right makes us attractive.

That’s what the Bible says, if we follow its instructions and avoid the wrong people then we become attractive. Our life becomes attractive. We don’t have to seek out the wrong people and risk going down the wrong path. The wrong people will look to us for the right path – the Truth. How’s that for a witnessing tool? How revolutionary?! Our life is the witness.

Thank you mom – I love you.

* There you go TC - one for your daily blog...