Morris Massey was a professor of communication at the University of Colorado. While there, he became famous for a film entitled, “What You Are is Where You Were When?” Though the title may be confusing, the message is not. All of us are “value programmed” in our homes by the time we are six. “Value programmed” means that our behaviors or lifestyles come from our parents or primary teachers. And, these behaviors or “values” are so deeply ingrained within us that we “live” or “behave them” without even thinking about them. Unless there is an event in our lives that force us to change, we take them to our grave.
“My son,” said Solomon, once again wanting his son’s undivided attention, challenged him to “keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teachings.”
Now, Solomon or the mother of that particular son, certainly did not know about Morris Massey or his research. But, they did know the importance, influence, and impact that how they lived and what they taught their children was critical for their children’s wellbeing. So, they chose to make an issue about how they should live. And, furthermore, made no apology for doing so.
Throughout Scripture, fathers and mothers are authorized, with divine authority, to set the boundaries, behaviors, and attitudes of their children. Solomon and his wife were determined to do this. They realized their obligation to God and were willing to obey Him.
Prayer: Father, children are entrusted to parents as Your gifts to them, to lead and train them in Your paths. Give parents’ courage and insight to follow Your directions! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 6:20 My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.