A wise child: Father’s delight

Proverbs 23--24A year ago, Proverbs 23:24 was actually the Verse of the Day for Father’s Day. Today, June 15, 2015, happens to occur six days before Father’s Day, and the Verse of the Day from Proverbs 23:24 is a prelude of this occasion which takes place on the third Sunday in June. For a greater appreciation of the words of wisdom and their application, let’s take a look at Proverbs 23:23-25 in the New Living Translation:

23 Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
24 The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
25 So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.

Another verse from Proverbs related to fathers also comes to mind at this time.

Proverbs 10:1 (NLT)

The proverbs of Solomon: A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.

A related verse is also found in Proverbs 27:11 (NLT):

Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.

These verses provide an introduction to a Father’s Day Tribute this year, and I am modifying the entry that was posted on Father’s Day, 2014:

In reflecting on Father’s Day, I recall that as believers we have a remarkable inheritance of faith, the Faith of our Fathers, that has been passed down to us from countless generations, going back to Abraham, the father of faith, passed on to the mighty men of faith of the Old Testament all the way through to Jesus Christ, for we have received the “faith of Jesus Christ.” Moreover we are surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses spoken of in the New Testament and giants of faith who have lived beyond the first Century, as we are still inspired by the lives of great men of faith today. Men of faith inspire faith in others, as this original Father’s Day poem speaks of that priceless inheritance passed on:

Legacies

I

Faithful and true heroes ever remain
And generate legacies we pass on
To each generation, father to son,
Heart to heart. The light of life left behind
Ever shines to brighten the path of truth,
Raised and then passed on from elder to youth.

II

Faithful and true heroes ever remain for all
Who hear the mandate and rise to answer God’s call.
Our lives of service are legacies we pass on
To the next generation, from father to son.
With the love of Christ in us, we tear down each wall.

We rally to support a brother should he fall.
Our ears have been pierced with the sharp tip of an awl:
A covenant of blood ever seals our union.
Faithful and true heroes ever remain.

Spiritual athletes excel beyond glove or ball.
They seek to bring out the best, as iron sharpens iron,
Striving to finish strong and pass on the baton.
On the shoulders of our fathers we now stand tall
To view the future where greater victories are won.
Faithful and true heroes ever remain.

The accompanying video “Remember and Reflect” also reveals the special bond between fathers and sons.

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2 Responses to “A wise child: Father’s delight”

  1. Gary Curtis Says:

    Thank you, Dr. J. A moving tribute you made available. I don’t think I will ever forget the day I helped my younger son Josh ride his bicycle for the first time without the trainers. And there are so many other very special memories besides. And to Dr. J. a very happy birthday, too. All the best from Dr. C.

    • Dr. J Says:

      Thank you for the kind words and the birthday greeting. I have special memories of our friendship over the years and the time we talked on my birthday. Thanks for signing up for Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.

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