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My son, if thou wilt receive the utterance of my commandment, and hide it with thee; thine ear shall hearken to wisdom.
—Proverbs 2:1

My three-year-old son recently went through a rebellious stage. About a month ago he informed my wife and me that we were not to instruct him anymore because he was “talk-sick”: he had heard all that he wanted to hear and had no more use for further instructions or commandments. His request was not granted, but it has caused me to think about my own tendencies to avoid God’s instructions.

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Thomas S. Buchanan is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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