Saturday, September 10, 2011

:: WP Challenge Day 5 - Avoiding Foolishness ::

Remember that old children's song we used to sing in Sunday School, "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man?"  That pops into my head each time I go through this day in the challenge - Avoiding Foolishness.  In their book, Instructing a Child's Heart, Tedd and Margy Tripp have this to say about foolishness:
"The Bible's definition of foolishness is concise. 'The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."' (Psalm 14:1). If there is no God, I am autonomous - a law unto myself.  There is no consideration in life more profound than, 'What will please me?'  Children don't say those words, but such foolish thoughts are the underlying justifications for hundreds of impulses every day.  It is expressed in all the acts of disobedience, selfishness, willful temper, and compulsive self-love."
Today, I've been convicted with these questions: On what kind of foundation am I going to teach the Lion Cub to build his life?  Am I going to live out a life built on solid rock or shifting sands?  Am I going to take great care to make sure that he is surrounded by other people that will exemplify wisdom and being people 'set apart' for God?  One of the Scriptures we will be praying for our sons today is from Proverbs 14:7 and says, "May ____________ leave the presence of a fool, for there he will not meet words of knowledge."  This is a powerful verse - God literally telling to leave and walk away from "foolishness."  Does anyone have any Journey-moments of this working itself out in your life?
And yes, in honor of the song I mentioned earlier, I found this beautiful video from Max7 on Godtube to illustrate...no dialogue, just music and imagery that showcase the story found in Scripture - take a moment and gather your Warriors for two minutes to watch...


:: Assignment for Today ::
  • Reading: Men Set Apart (Study Questions)
  • Prayers: Avoiding Foolishness
  • Comment: Jumping off of the 1st study question for this section, what are your dreams for your son?  What are his dreams?  How can you come alongside to help him realize those dreams?