Read Proverbs 1:8-19.
Verses 8-9 really stand out to me in a couple of ways.
First, the passage basically says to listen to your parents. It doesn't say listen to your parents only when you are children. Always listen to your parents. In my own life, my father has chosen not to be a part of my life. While I have given up ever trying to be a part of his life; if he should ever want me to be a part of it again, I know that I need to be respectful to him and listen to him.
Secondly, this passage is a reminder to me that my children will always be learning from me no matter their ages. My 21 year old still seems to need me just as much as my 18 month old. I need to always be lovingly teaching my children to take the right path in life.
Verses 10-19 are so very true! Were you ever one that fell to peer pressure as a teen? I actually never did. I was the 'odd' one in class that if the teacher left the room and all the other kids were cutting up, I would just hide my nose in a book and ignore all around me. There was no way you'd catch me doing something wrong! (I really was extreme in this...I never talked in class or anything. Don't worry...I had enough OTHER problems that I dealt with. This was just not one of them.)
I know someone that I deeply care for that really struggles with falling into peer pressure. He has a meth addiction and has spent a good part of his adult life in prison. I have tried to help him when I can and when he is ready and trying to be helped. One time he lived with us on house arrest. His sentence was for 6 months. He had a job, he helped me around the house, he was doing so well. His probation officer was proud of him even. One day when I drove him to his weekly visit to the probation office he ran into one of his old so-called 'buddies'. I knew that right then and there was the end of his 'being good'. It was just one month from freedom from house arrest, yet he and this 'buddy' got into trouble and were on the run again. Within a month after seeing his 'buddy' this person that I cared for was back in prison. He was so close. If only he would have heeded these verses! If only he would not let sinners entice him. If only he would realize that their feet run to evil. Sadly, as time went on...he became the one that would run to evil and entice others. We have not spoken for 3 years. He knows where to find me when he's ready though.
My verse of the day is Verse 8.
In your personal prayer time today, ask God to help you teach your children to take the correct path in life. (No matter what their ages are.) Pray that they not be enticed by choices that look enticing but only lead to destruction.