Tag - wisdom

Families of a Fool
What Fools Hate
A Fool’s Trust
Fidelity & Stupidity
Who and Whose

Families of a Fool

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I sunk my head onto the steering wheel in the parking lot as I listened, for the second time in a year, to a mother weeping on the phone as she tells me that her son has been arrested. She’s crying out to God to give her wisdom and to change her son’s heart.

Proverbs 10:1, “A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son, heartache to his mother.”

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What Fools Hate

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline.
– Proverbs 1:7

As a child, I memorized that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But to this day if you had asked me to complete the verse, I wouldn’t be able to. As I’ve matured in my faith and spent more time in Scripture, I have found several places in Scripture where this is true.

Fools despise wisdom and discipline. This truth may have been more important for little kid Renae to grasp than knowing the origin of knowledge. I was definitely disciplined on earth much more 12 years ago than I am today.

Let’s couple this well-known verse with another one a mere 15 verses later:

How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge?
– Proverbs 1:22

What do you hate?

Hate is a strong word, but I would probably find several items to list in this category. I hate: live insects in my house, eating breakfast without orange juice, all things tomatoes except for ketchup, and using the stall without toilet paper.

My quick response of things that I hate revolve around earthly concerns – my comfort and preferences.

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A Fool’s Trust


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The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.
– Proverbs 28:26

Who are three people in your life that you trust? Who was included in that list – a spouse, employer, friend, pastor?

Did you list yourself?

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Fidelity & Stupidity


Read the Proverbs blog series from the beginning here.

Fidelity isn’t inherent to our natures; it has to be taught. Chapter five of Proverbs contains a father’s warning to his son to keep away from seductive women – not go anywhere near them.

Unfortunately in our “do what feels good” culture today, fathers no longer tell their sons to “drink water from your own cistern” (verse 15) – a euphemism for remaining faithful to one’s wife. Sons are exposed to pornography, witness condescending conversations, and handed condoms. The role of the man is degraded from “father” to “baby daddy.”

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Who and Whose



When I was a son with my father, tender and precious to my mother, he taught me and said: “Your heart must hold on to my words. Keep my commands and live.  Get wisdom, get understanding; don’t forget or turn away from the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 4:3-5

Live a life that causes your children to gain respect for you and speak words that encourage them to listen. Parenting is not merely dishing out the punishment when children get out of line. That is the role of a disciplinarian. The primary function of parenting is to disciple a child.

One of my closest friends frequently quotes her father’s challenge to her – “Know who you are and whose you are.”

Her father emphasized this so much as she matured that it has become an integral part of her identity.

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