Train up a child

Proverbs Chapter 22, Verse 6

Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Love this one. A simple promise. It requires lots of prayer and hard work to claim, at least in my experience. But it did work for my two boys. They’re big now.

A Time for Wisdom

What I am finding as I pray through Proverbs, is that it takes time to acquire wisdom. I  no longer feel right about reading through one chapter as fast as possible and counting my scripture time as done. I am not sure how this is going to work out. I always sense the pressure of time on my shoulders. I have to admit though that a lot of the pressure comes from trying to rectify situations I never should have gotten myself into. With wisdom I could have avoided them. So it looks as though the time invested in acquiring wisdom will bring a good return.

The Guided Decision: I Will Seek Wisdom

The Guided Decision  “I will seek wisdom”  is the Second of the Seven Decisions explained in Andy Andrew’s books Mastering the Seven Decisions and The Traveler’s Gift. One place I try to seek wisdom daily is in the Book of Proverbs. The passages that explain how to make good plans really speak to me, like the following.

Proverbs Chapter 20, Verse 18 (Amplified Bible)

Purposes and plans are established by counsel; and [only] with good advice make or carry on war.

I have done so many stupid things in the past and made many plans that didn’t work out. My life is daily warfare at this point. So this verse really speaks to me. If it inspires you, please comment.

Every Fool Will Quarrel

Proverbs, Chapter 20, Verse 3

It is an honor for a man to cease from strife and keep aloof from it, but every fool will quarrel.

This is a life saver. Can I live by it at all times, especially mornings in the kitchen with my wife when we disagree about almost everything? Your take on it? Maybe the best is to get out of the kitchen 🙂

Health or Suicide?

Proverbs Chapter 18, Verse 9 (Amplified Bible)

He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.

Wow! Heavy! So taking care of oneself may not be egotistical but rather an ethical imperative. This reminds me of what Benson Agbortogo writes about in his new book The Business System that Never Fails. He makes the point that love of self is one of the three pillars of success in business. Your thoughts?

 

 

Respect the wicked?

Proverbs 18:5 (Amplified Bible)

To respect the person of the wicked and be partial to him, so as to deprive the [consistently] righteous of justice, is not good.

This struck me hard this morning. There is indeed an opportunity cost to some apparently good conduct. It may appear right to give a priority to the squeaking person, but since time and energy are always limited this comes at the cost of not devoting the time and energy to clearly good people and causes. This is a tough one for me. Aren’t we supposed to respect all. Please help me sort this one out.

Proverbs for Success

Read the book of Proverbs humbly and prayerfully. Let’s look at Proverbs 16: 32 as an example.

 “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.”

The arrogant and foolish way to think when reading this goes something like, “I am better than the mighty because I am slow to anger. I am better than a conqueror of cities because I keep my own spirit under control.” The wise and humble reading yields something like “I really need to guard against sudden anger like the other day when I really got miffed. I would like to have my spirit under control but plenty of times I don’t.”

The humble and wise approach leads to powerful prayer to claim the golden treasure Proverbs offers. In this case the prayer goes something like this. “Lord, thank you for this opportunity to improve my life. I ask you to lead me into victory over my anger and control over my spirit.”

If you try this out, please let me know how it works for you.