September 19 - God-given Trail Guides

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 23:22

Central Thought: Parents can offer wisdom through every stage of our lives.

    If you're climbing Mount Everest, you'll want a Sherpa guide leading you. These dark-skinned natives of the Himalayas offer the experience and insight you need to travel in such dangerous places. Without a Sherpa's help, the chances of success are virtually nil. They've been there, done that, and made it safely back down the mountain to offer you their wisdom. Only a fool would ignore them.

    Okay, so most of us won't trek up many mountains or skip along sheer cliffs this week. But we are still going where we've never been, and occasionally facing the potential for disaster. Life could sure use a Sherpa or two, couldn't it?

    Meet Mom and Dad. Oh, you've met before. These are the familiar folks of your childhood who tried giving you guidance. Your experiences with them may be a mixture of great moments and mistakes, both yours and theirs. But you still need them—or can at least benefit from their wisdom. You see, they've been farther up the mountain, and they might have some wisdom for you as you climb.

    The writer of today's Proverb calls on us to listen to them. He doesn't just encourage us to respect or honor or even humor them. Rather, his command is that we listen. Often, their wisdom outpaces our own, helping them see cliffs we cannot yet discern. Take time to listen—you might be surprised just how smart your 'Sherpas” really are.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, thank You for the parents You gave me. Help me to be wise enough to benefit from their counsel so I don't have to learn everything from my own mistakes.

Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 30:12-33:12; Galatians 5:1-12; Psalm 63:1-11; Proverbs 23:22