Proverbs 10:1

“A wise son makes a glad father,

    but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.”

Proverbs 10:1 ESV

So often we dismiss or are unaware of the way we affect others, particularly our parents. This verse may feel strange because we more naturally consider the parents’ influence on the children? Was he an abusive dad? Was she a nurturing mother?

Here, the writer flips that and reveals the influence that children can have on their parents. This is an important word for children because children typically think only about the parents’ responsibility to protect and provide for them.

So, here’s the message to children: Wisdom brings joy to your parents and folly brings sorrow to them.

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