Proverbs 1:8-9 (ESV)

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,

and forsake not your mother’s teaching,

for they are a graceful garland for your head

and pendants for your neck.

Solomon addressed the hearer as his son, but since no specific name was given, his wisdom was to be passed from Israel’s parents to her children, and ultimately from God to his followers. The son is charged with holding on to his parents’ teaching. Why? The instruction and teaching of his parents are like a garland or victor’s crown for his head and a pendant for his neck. In the ancient Near East, the garland was a symbol of high social status, and the pendant was worn as a sign of protection. Though we may not wear garlands and pendants, if we apply the teaching of the Lord to our lives, we will appear different from those around us. When we make decisions consistent with God’s law and principles those choices display to the watching world that we belong to Jesus. How does the world view you? Are you seen as a set apart daughter of the King? If not, what change can you make today?

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