Today I sorted through some outgrown clothes from our attic, a task that was long overdue. I opened the bags of hand-me-downs from multiple years and our living room began to look like a monument to babyhood of days gone by.
As I pulled out the last little onesies to give to my grandbabies, my eyes puddled with tears. Sweet memories of drooling smiles and fiesty screams came flooding back to my mind.
I enjoyed those years of baby innocence. But, I must confess that each of those baby careers strengthened my mothering conclusion: every child is born with foolishness inside! Raw and untamed was pretty cute when they were infants, but not so cute when they were a bit older.
Surely that is why God left us with a book to help show us the way of discipline. Proverbs 1: 3 says the proverbs are "for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair."
Acquiring....sounds like something we will have to do over time, doesn't it? We are not able to snap instantly into maturity any more than our babies are. But leaning into the Proverbs can accomplish our goals for growth.
Often we have read the book of Proverbs in our morning family devotion time. As we go around the circle and read a chapter one verse at a time, I can almost feel my soul grabbing for the words on the air waves as soon as they are spoken. We feed on His word and His word does not disappoint us. After all these years of reading Proverbs, I still see something new in there all the time. Wow, I must be "acquiring" my discipline one step at a time and one day at a time.
As we begin the summer months at our house and the school books are set in the corner, perhaps we could benefit from some extra time acquiring wisdom. How about you and your family? Do you need discipline and prudence? Do not take a vacation from God's word! Go to the source of life. Read, stretch, and grow. And maybe someday, if we are faithful to plant the Proverbs on our hearts and minds, we will all be able to retire our spiritual baby clothes as well as our physical baby clothes. Wisdom and prudence can be ours.
Image courtesy of Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo