How Our Behavior Affects Our Father

Proverbs 10:1

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Dissect & Define

Proverbs means a story with an underlying meaning. Wise is skilled in living. Glad is joy used in moderation. Foolish means to know right, but to choose wrong. Heaviness means to place pressure downward; that is to say, to depress. Heaviness is an old English word for the modern English word depression.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

This chapter begins with a reminder from Solomon that his truths have underlying meanings. They are proverbs. He tells that a son that has skill in life will bring a father a type of joy that is used in moderation. It’s much like happiness, except it is more permanent. I guess you could call it fatherly pride. But a son that knows right and chooses wrong will depress his mother.

My Behavior & It’s Effects On My Family

Growing up, I had never heard my dad tell me he was proud of me. As I started to backslide, my mother became very concerned. I remember one night, I returned home from an all-night party and saw her bedroom light on. Dad was leaving for work, so I asked him what she was doing. He replied, “She wakes up every morning at 4:30 to pray for you and your brothers to come back to church.” It broke my heart to hear of the heaviness of my mother. Wow! I had never experienced such sorrow as I did that day. 

Years later, I gave my life to the Lord and RU began. One day my dad looked at me and said, “Son, I am proud of you!” Wow! I have never experienced such joy.

Our Behavior Determines Moments In Life

My dad provided me with my most joyous moment in life and my mother my most discouraging moment in life. Yet both moments were caused by my behavior, whether good or bad. 

Thus, I believe the underlying meaning in this verse is teaching us that our fathers focus on our high points in life and help us get there. But mothers focus on our low points in life and help us get out of there. 

I think I’ll call my Mom and Dad today.

Sharing is Caring

Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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