A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother. Proverbs 10:1
Wise: ethically and religiously; of the mind
Glad: cause to rejoice
Foolish: stupid, he hates knowledge, it is his sport to do mischief
Grief: afflict, cause grief, grieve, sorrowful, vex
Attitudes and actions have an effect on others.
Often we think that we that our attitudes and actions will only effect us personally. Yet, that is not the case. Each action causes a reaction in others. Whether is be parents, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or any others that are in the vicinity—they are either blessed or grieved.
Really? What I do effects others?
Don't believe me? Just think of the last time you were shopping and a little kid started screaming. You immediately bristled. You looked around to see where the parent was and if anyone was taking care of the situation. You began to make judgements as to why the kid was screaming, and what you would do if that was your child. Your posture changed. You became upset and uncomfortable. You started to become angry. You became agitated and grumpy. Am I right?
The same is true for adults. Our attitudes and actions do effect others. We may not find ourselves in the middle of a store screaming, but we may find ourselves acting foolishly and ignoring God's wisdom. And when we act foolishly, we become that screaming child—and those around us are effected.
How do we make sure that our attitudes and actions are wise? Start at the beginning—the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A heart that is permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG), will translate into wise attitudes and actions.
So, are you a screaming child? Or are you acting wisely?