I am continuing to enjoy my personal study of the book of Proverbs. As I continue to study, I am struck by how personal the book is. Much of it is written as a loving father giving words of instruction to his children, as in Proverbs 4:20: “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings,” and 4:10: “Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings …”
I discovered this video of John Wayne, making an appearance on the Dean Martin television program. John Wayne’s youngest daughter, Marisa, was only 8 months old, which would have placed this in October of 1966. After a couple of jokes, Dean Martin asked John Wayne what he wanted for his baby daughter. Here was his answer:
“I’d like her to know some of the values we knew as kids … some of those values that too many people these days are thinking are old-fashioned … Most all, I want her to be grateful as I am, every day of my life, to live in these United States.
The first thing my daughter’s learning from me is the Lord’s Prayer, and some of the Psalms. And I really don’t care if she ever memorizes the Gettysburg Address (how about that!), just so long as she understands it. And, since little girls are seldom called upon (remember, this was 1966) to defend their country, she may never have to raise her hand for that oath … but, I certainly want her to respect all those who do.
I guess that’s about what I want for my daughter …”