King Solomon succumbed to temptation and the whims of the people around him. He got lazy in his old age. It is always so much easier to follow than to lead.
One more thing: In the Gospel today the Greek woman stepped out of her comfort zone. She didn't follow the ways of her people when she could see the truth that Christ offered. She did what was best for her child, even though it went against the grain. In today's world, I have to be mindful of seeking out Christ even when those around me are making other choices. As a parent of teens, I find the peer pressure phenomena applies to parents too. Everyone's doing it. You have to let them grow up. You are so old fashioned. Yes, I've heard those all in my quest to keep Christ in my family; to seek him out when it is best for my children.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I please heal my children of all that troubles them. Help me to seek your will in decisions regarding my children and for my family to resist the temptation to succumb to the pressures of this world. In your name I pray, Amen. St. Apollonia, pray for me.