By Mike Clarensau
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 23:24–25
Central Thought: Choices of wisdom and righteous bring joy to one's parents.
Somewhere in the back of her closet you'll find evidence of your greatness. That's right. Mom kept the stuff that proved your magnificence. The clay sculptures, watercolor masterpieces, and photos of your shining moments are in there somewhere. Dad even received a few dozen neckties as reminders of your love.
Now to most of us, your collection may not shout greatness. You were probably an average artist, and the kindergarten pottery could rarely hold more than a geranium without leaking dirt on the coffee table. In fact, if your parents were to drag your stuff out of that closet to show to their friends, you probably would prefer not to be there. But Mom and Dad see these treasures differently, because when they see them, they see you.
But no oven-hardened handprint swells their hearts as much as watching you make good choices. When you demonstrate wisdom and righteousness in the things you do, Mom and Dad see their efforts of correction and coercion come to glorious fruition. Such times make the hours of prayer and worry they invested worth every moment.
Of course, there are more selfish benefits to living well. Good choices make your life good. But those same choices also give affirmation and joy to the folks who sacrificed greatly for you. There is likely no better way to honor your parents than to live honorably.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, let my choices reflect the path I have been shown by Your love. Ultimately, my desire is to honor You, my Heavenly Father, with my actions and attitudes.
Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 37:1-38:22; Galatians 6:1-18; Psalm 65:1-13; Proverbs 23:24-25