“BANGUS” BAIT

By: Pat De Vera II

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Proverbs 4:20 (NKJV)

​One afternoon my Aunt Nesa, carrying a basket full of fruits, visited her nieces of 5 and 7 years of age. Then, Amara, the younger one, said, “Aunt Nesa di po ba, you said that the next time you visit, you will bring cookies “n” cream milk chocolate? Where is it na? Why did you not bring some?”  

As her eyes grew wide, she gasped, “Whoa, did I say that? What else did I say?”

“Be a good girl, obey mama” These were Leslie’s words to Aunt Nesa, which made astonished her the more. She did not expect that these kids would remember what she mentioned 10 days ago.

Kids will always be kids as they say, but then this made me realize that if kids remember our promises to them, it’s because they are paying attention to what we say, as their elders. They believe in us, they respect us. 

If we attend to God’s words as we claim to be His sons and daughters, then like little children, we will remember and follow. In turn, we will also be careful with our terms, and what we tell the next generation lest our words may become like “BangusBait,” where the fish gets caught by the mouth. 

Would we also be unaware and get caught by the mouth with our words, and people may think we are liars? 

Later, Aunt Nesa remembered what she told them and said that she would be back the next day to bring what she promised.  Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will enable us to listen attentively to God’s word so that we know how to follow His commands.  Let us also pray that we can lead the next generation to be better citizens of God’s kingdom through our words and deeds.

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