When the bearded, debonair manly man appears on our TV screens, our ears perk up to hear the humorous and outrageous voiceovers about “the most interesting man in the world.” Can you believe that his mom has a tattoo that says “son”?!?
Have you ever wondered what advice the most interesting man in the world would give his kids? Well, whatever advice he would give, we’re sure it would be pithy… and probably ridiculous!
In our Bible passage today, Solomon, the wisest man in the world, is urging his sons to pay close attention to the wisdom he is sharing with them. One of his instructions was “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”
The word used for “love” here is hesed. It means “loyal love and kindness.” Solomon wanted his children to bind these virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts. He wanted his children to remember these qualities always and express them to others.
Let’s use today’s verses as a blueprint for prayer. Take the concepts of the verses and turn them into a prayer for your children. Here’s an example:
Father God, help my children understand that love and faithfulness come from You alone. May they accept Your love and faithfulness and truly understand those virtues. In turn, may they share those virtues with others. May they bind these qualities around their necks and write them on the tablets of their hearts. May they remember them always—in the good times and in the difficult trials of life” (based on Proverbs 3:3).
As we show our kids a model of loyal love and kindness, they see Jesus through us. As the following video shows, it’s often seen in the little things!