By Lisa Cherry
Years ago I was taught a very important bible verse as it relates to raising my children. I took my mentors to heart when they taught me:
Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
I could immediately picture a group of six year olds, all sitting together at a school lunch table sharing their "wisdom" of silly knock-knock jokes and arguing over who is the best weird noise maker.
Right then I decided to be quite discreet about who my children spent the bulk of their time with. I valued the mentorship of a loving daddy or grandparent over the shallow bantering of my kids' peer groups. Role models. Solid believers. Mature examples. Each would form the core of my children's world. Why? Because God's word is always true. Walking with the wise would make my children wise.
But as I read that verse again today, a new question formed in my mind. It is great that you have recognized the power of this verse's principle for your children. But what about YOU, Lisa? Does this verse have an age limit? Are you walking with the wise that you may grow wise?
I do not know about you, but I yearn for growth in Godly wisdom. With each passing year, I am thrilled with how much the Lord changes me. But I figure there must be so much more that I cannot even yet dream of! That's why I look to those who have traveled the road ahead of me... and walked the path I desire to traverse!
Not every companion I encounter on my journey will lead me in wisdom. I need the Holy Spirit's discernment and wisdom even as an "old mom!"
Lord, I yearn for more of your wisdom to flow through my life. My family needs me to lead them and serve them. I freely admit that this job is too hard for me. Will you send me wise companions and mentors who can point me in the way of Your Life? Teach me to be discerning, Lord, and to choose my friends wisely. And help me, God, to maintain a gentle and quiet spirit so I may gain a heart of wisdom. Thank you. Amen
Wisdom Wednesday posts are inspired by a verse from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the posting date.