June 22, 2023
Having a birthday near the start of summer can be awesome. School is out and there are so many more options for birthday parties than a winter birthday. Our oldest daughter has a June birthday, and we had pool parties and other outdoor events for her. One of the things my parents did was to allow us to choose where to go and what to do (within reason). Growing up, I usually chose to have 4-6 of my friends come over and we would play football, baseball, street hockey, etc.… My dad would join us. I wasn’t into traditional parties but loved playing sports with my friends and family.
Sports was always a dominant part of my life. Some of my most prized possessions are/were related to sports. In fact, I used to have a Wayne Gretzky rookie card in great condition. Unfortunately, I sold it way below market value so a broke college couple could go on their honeymoon. Yikes. Mistakes were made.
In today’s passage, Solomon is urging us to keep our parents’ commands so that they will always guide us. When we walk (being active), when we sleep and when we are awake, pretty much 24/7. In vs 21 he tells us to value them like a most prized possession – to “bind them on our heart and fasten them around our neck”. He doesn’t want us to ever let them out of our sight or sell them way, way below market value. These commands are a lamp, a light, and the way to life. I was very fortunate to have Godly Christian parents who cared deeply for their children, enough to play sports with their son. They also raised us with instruction from the Lord. Not everyone has Godly parents, but we all have a loving heavenly Father, and we can all strive to keep His commands. Please pay attention to His Word and “bind” His teachings on your heart so that you won’t give into temptation. Wisdom will come and maybe you’ll hang on to your Wayne Gretzky rookie card a little longer.
Happy belated Father’s Day to my dad and all the amazing dad’s doing their best to raise the next generation of believers.
’69 / ’83 Quarryville PA