Tie Them Around Your Neck

1 05 2015

“My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life.” – Proverbs 6:20-23

My husband and I have three wonderful children. Like many other parents, we struggled, prayed, and searched for the best way to guide our blessings through the delightful/difficult teen years. We wanted to cement Christ in them as they matured into the people God prepared for them to be.

A friend directed us to the Book of Proverbs, and specifically the words of wisdom in Proverbs 6:20-23. After some discussion, we decided to take this passage literally. When each of our children was getting ready to enter high school, we went out for a special teen-parent date. We talked about this scripture, the importance of following godly wisdom, and the many decisions about looking like Jesus they were going to face in high school. We prayed and encouraged them to bind them on their hearts. Then we took them to the jewelry store. We let them pick out something that they could tie around their neck that would be a reminder of their commitment to Christ. We prayed that this tangible reminder would help them as they made choices to walk in God’s ways.

My Jesus Resolution today is to do the same thing for myself that I did for my children. The Bible is more than words to be read. It is wisdom to be lived out. Today I am going to put a tangible reminder somewhere in my house, in my purse, on the refrigerator, or even around my neck that will pull my thoughts towards God. I want to invest myself in His wisdom. I need to watch for the light He shines across my path. I long to let His Word speak to me as I make my decisions, choose my actions, and interact with others. I want to be reminded to let His wisdom guide me as I become the person He has prepared for me to be.


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1 05 2015
Dianne Wasson

Great article.

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