Did you have a father who gave you advice? Maybe he gave you advice on relationships, how to take care of your money, car, or a hundred other things. I guess fathers have been giving advice as long as there have been fathers. Take for example Solomon who said, in Proverbs 5:7, “And now, O sons, listen to me, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.” Solomon goes on to give all kinds of advice as recorded in the book of Proverbs.
Lieutenant Commander J.P. Carr’s father gave him some advice when his first child was born. He said, “Teach her as many of the seven hundred thousand words of the English language as you have time to, but be sure she knows that the greatest word is God, the longest word, eternity; the swiftest word, time; the nearest word, now; the darkest word, sin; the meanest word, hypocrisy; and the deepest word, soul.” That sounds like good advice to me.
Mark T. Tonkery
Norval Park church of Christ