21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Although a child’s own well-being is reason enough to train him in wisdom, the peace of the parents is also at stake. Whatever it costs you to be active in your child’s development is worth it, a season of voluntary sacrifice is far better than a lifetime of grief and regret.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Long before modern medicine and psychology, the ancients recognized the connection between physical and emotional health. There may be a pill for every malady, but sometimes it is better to let the pain push you towards the healing acts of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.