by Dave Carter
8th December 2021
The wisdom of Solomon has been recorded in scripture and has now been available for the benefit of many generations. The format in which they are given is often that of a father imparting wisdom to his son. I love the idea that wisdom doesn’t have to be lost when an individual dies, but can be passed on to future generations.
It made me consider what proverbs I would give to my own children to pass on the wisdom I have accumulated over the years. It then made me realise that I’m not on the same level as Solomon!
Here are a few of mine:
- A wise man puts the bins out the night before collection day. The next morning, when it is cold, dark and raining and he hears the bin lorry approaching, he can remain inside and enjoy the warm satisfaction of his labour. A foolish man waits until the bin lorry approaches, and curses his folly as he runs down the road in his dressing gown.
- My child, chase not the ways of youth when you are advancing in age. A wise adult realizes when it is time to accept they are no longer a teenager. A fool persists in their delusions of youth, and gets thrashed by a 12 year old on the Playstation.
- Learn to enjoy books before you learn to use a smartphone. Unless you need to call 999, which is hard to do with a copy of Lord of the Rings.
- If you only have a finite amount of patience towards others in the day, reserve most of it for the people closest to you.
- Everyone acts brave in cyber-space. True courage looks people in the eye.
- When you need to clear your garage, hire a skip larger than the one you need. Then you may earn favour with your neighbours by offering them the chance to clear some rubbish. Whilst it is true that “no man has greater love than this, that he lay down his life for his friend”, often someone first needs to hear “no greater love has a British man for his neighbour, that he offer him some spare space in a skip.”
I don’t know if these will stand the test of time, but there you go. Feel free to come up with your own. And if you want a more detailed proverb on guinea pigs, you can find it here: God, Grace, Grass, and Guinea-pigs.