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Friday, May 6, 2016

How strong is your advice?

I felt like reading Proverbs 31 through but only got to verse 1 and stopped. The version I read said:
"The words of King Lemuel, the strong advice his mother gave him"*
As I pondered on this verse, I decided to look up the word "advice." The result of my random internet search was:
"guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action,
typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative."**
Hear what a teenager said about advice:
How true Daddy's words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. ~ Anne Frank***
Notice that she quoted her Daddy - this points to the realization that she regarded her Daddy as knowledgeable or authoritative. So knowing what advice means and hearing from a teenager, "How strong is our advice to our children?" - and this is a question for Fathers and Mothers. Note that I didn't ask "how strict/stern is your advice?"

When you think about it Erma Bombeck's words apply to Fathers and Mothers. She said "When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway."

Very true and well put. So back to my question: How strong is the advice we do give?
"Strong" means: "able to withstand great force or pressure." **
And Proverbs 24: 10 says "If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small. (NLT)


*emphasis mine, MSG
** Google search result
*** She lived for only 15 years:

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