"My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light...Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?"
Proverbs 6: 20-23, 27 & 28
When I was a teenager, I thought my parents were woefully old-fashioned, out of touch, clueless about reality. They were all about attending church and studying the Bible, so I rebeled and went my own way. You can bet, I got burned as the consequences of my rebellion flamed against me, almost snuffing me out completely. But then, I remembered my parents' teaching and delved into the Word of God with a curious hunger. God said, if I drew near to him, he would sidle up to me, and his calming, healing Presence walked with me in the daylight, shrouded me with protection during the night and became my deepest satisfaction. Yes, my sins have been forgiven, washed whiter than snow by my Savior, but I sure wish I would have never strayed away. I would have saved myself a lot of pain and trouble.
"When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!"