The Price You Pay for Rebuking Your Faith & Parent’s Teachings

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The Price You Pay for Rebuking Your Faith & Parent’s Teachings

By: Terry Burgess, Owner and Men’s Midlife Coach, Upward MC

8Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 9They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. 

– Proverbs 1:8-9

When I was a young boy my mother used to say to me, “Son one day you are going to regret not listening to me; I hope it is not after I have died.”  I used to blow that statement off every time she said it.   This past week during my morning prayer and devotional the above statements really convicted and struck a chord with me.  The reason the above verses convicted me was because if I would have heeded my mother’s advice when I was younger and in college my life would have been much different.

I not only had forsaken my mother’s wisdom, but I also forsaken God and his teachings that I spoke and lived as a witness throughout my high school years. However, when I left for college and moved out on my own I thought I knew it all. Guess what? I did not know it all and I paid the price for shunning the wisdom my mother and my Lord and Savior.

The price I paid for not heeding her warnings about my finances and my relationships with my two former wives.  I also realized that by abandoning my Lord and Saviors wisdom for the wisdom of the World cost me 25 years of heartache and stress. If I would have been wise and listened to my mother and relied on my faith I may have avoided 2 bankruptcies and 2 divorces.

However, it was through those two experiences that I learned my lessons the hard way.  I also would not have been able to realize my mistakes of shunning my mother’s wisdom.   I thank God that he put me through those experiences and blessed me with grace to allow me to find a very special woman to marry and help me grow daily.  I also thank God for allowing me to show my mother though I ignored her for nearly 20 years that I learned my lesson prior to her death.

It is the lessons that I learned through these events that help me truly understand not only the above verses but the importance of being a witness for others to see your faith.  This is why I attempt to ensure that individuals who I coach going through “Midlife Challenges” understand and appreciate the importance of family and faith in their addressing remodeling their lives.

If you are needing help or discernment on where to go next in your midlife journey. Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary 1-hour coaching session.  I can help you develop a simple starting point plan to help you get on the road from your “midlife crisis” to your “midlife rediscovery and redesign” for your life.  You can visit to schedule you complimentary coaching hour!


Terry is a Personal Leadership and Midlife Coach for Men with Upward MC in Benton, Kentucky.  He can be contacted via e-mail at  or by phone at 270-493-0967. His website can be found at


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