Day 10: A Father’s Joy

Proverbs 10:1

A wise son brings joy to his father
but a foolish son grief to his mother.


Wisdom solves problems; foolishness causes problems.

Is there any greater joy to a father than knowing that his son makes wise decisions?

Recently, my son faced a life decision. A big one. The decision involved relocating to another city to accept a job with an up and coming corporation that promised him a substantial opportunity. As I saw my son navigate that decision, I can’t tell you how much joy it gave me to see him process it with wisdom.

You want to equip your son with wisdom so that he is a problem solver and not a problem causer. To do so, you need to teach him wisdom. Wisdom comes either through a mentor or through pain. I recommend a mentor.

Keys to Problem Solving:

1. Look for the natural gifting that your son possesses. Remember, his gift may be similar to yours or completely opposite. Don’t box him in to only do what you like.

2. When he operates in his gifts, doors will open, and momentum will occur for him. It will seem supernatural.

3. Your son will be compensated in proportion to the problems that he solves. He will be penalized for the problems that he causes.

4. Your son can’t solve every problem. That is why he needs you to mentor him.

Don’t allow your own insecurity to keep you from helping your son. If you don’t know what to do or how to do it, you can find a resource for him – find a coach, a tutor, or another mentor. Helping your son grow in wisdom will make you joyful and will win him favor.


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  1. Justin on January 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I like how every time I read proverbs it speaks to me differently depending what’s going on in my life

    • Scott on August 5, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Agreed Justin. Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therfore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.