My Mistakes Are Your Wisdom


Hear, my son, and accept my words, that the years of your life may be many. I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. — Proverbs 4:10-13

I have had many days where I have had similar thoughts as Solomon does here. Moments I have thought, "I wish my kids would just do what I tell them to do." And the reason I have this thought is that I don't want them to make the same mistakes I did. Or rather, I don't want them to make the same mistakes the way I did.

Isn't it true, parents, that some of us have learned wisdom the hard way? And there are some of you that this is the only way you learned. We all learn some wisdom through tragic mistakes. And we share this with our kids hoping they won't learn their way to wisdom the same way. So we implore them as Solomon does here — "Son, accept my words!"

But there is also another reason we share wisdom with them. We want the best for our kids. We want, as Solomon says here, for "the years of their life to be many." So for goodness sake, son, do what I tell you to do. The way I tell you. Because you don't have to learn from your stupid mistakes. You can learn from my stupid mistakes. Let the lessons I learned in stupidity pave the way to your wisdom.

ASK THIS: What stupid mistake do you not want your kids to make that you made?

DO THIS: Tell your children about it and share the wisdom you gained.

PRAY THIS: God, watch over my children. Give them wisdom.

PLAY THIS: Unspoken — Mistakes.


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19 thoughts on “My Mistakes Are Your Wisdom

  1. timothy.sorensen says:

    Put God first and great things will happen. God’s grace and love is sufficient for us to reach Him. I’ve made MANY mistakes in my life, that I do not want my kids to be faced with the same heartache that I have. We all want what is best, or better, for them. Yes, I want them to learn but not the down the same path as I went.

    I find myself not judging other like I used to. We all have “a past of brokeness” but by and with the grace of God, we are REDEEMED! Thank You, LORD!!

  2. Cory B says:

    Drink in moderation. A lot of bad decisions are made in moments of excess.

    Make a habit of talking to and thanking God for all things. Both good and bad.

    Don’t judge. And stop trying to prove your worth through what you have. You’re just a poser if you’re not the man God wants you to be, so stop pretending.

    So many mistakes… I could go on forever. But through Gods grace, I am redeemed.

  3. Sheldon Bullard says:

    Choose your friends wisely. As a result of not doing this I was younger it caused me, but am grateful for Jesus and for the turn around he made in my life. What a difference God made in my life.

  4. Jason says:

    One of the biggest reasons that I seek the Lord is so that I can tell my children, and show my children, seek God! The reason that I quit drinking was exactly that…don’t do that son! The reason I don’t look at pornography…we don’t do that son! God’s wisdom is absolutely the best way to live, God’s wisdom IS. LIFE.

    There’s so much depth to this teaching, and to the life pursuing God, through Jesus. Amen. Thank you Vince.

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