1 “Better to be poor and honest than a rich person no one can trust”
8 “Grow a wise heart…keep a clear head”
11 “Smart people know how to hold their tongue…forgive and forget”
12 “mean-tempered leaders are like mad dogs; the good natured are like fresh morning dew”
14 “a congenial spouse comes straight from God”
18 “Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them”
19 “Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse”
20 “accept correction”
21 “God’s purpose prevails”
26 “Kids who lash out against their parents are an embarrassment and a disgrace”
I always seem to be tempted to highlight all of Proverbs when I am doing my readings, but I think this 19th chapter had some really good parts that I would like to focus on.
As I start to grow up more and I am more aware of my financial situation and my parents financial situation I am beginning to evaluate how important money actually is to me. Yes, I want to be financially secure, but I am starting to realize that happiness is much more important than money, and let’s be honest…I shouldn’t really expect everything to fall into place and be stress-free (financially speaking) right off the bat. I am going to focus more on being honest and honourable than being concerned with being wealthy and being shady because of the money aspect of my life.
Growing a wise heart and keeping a clear head is some advice I am really going to take to heart, especially starting University full time in September. I will need to rely completely on God in order to ensure that I become friends with people in the right crowd, and that I am able to stay academically on track. Living an honest and integral lifestyle is really important to me, and I will continue to ask God for guidance and wisdom and these areas.
Keeping certain things on the DL is sometimes a struggle, but going back to the honesty thing, that is clearly more of an attraction to people than materialistic qualities. Sometimes I think I am being challenged by God to see if I can be trusted with other people’s secrets in order to prove that I can be trusted with bigger things, not only from other people but from God too. Forgiving and forgetting has never really been a challenge for me, I don;’t get angry or hurt very easily, and grudges are not really something that I struggle with, but this is definitely a reminder to keep on with my strength in that area.
The passage talking about mean-tempered leaders really spoke to me because I need to learn how to apply this concept to my work place, as well as my church. I think I am a pretty chill-tempered youth leader, but at work I can sometimes get rather frustrated with certain employee situations and I need to work on solving them assertively rather than fuming in secret.
It seems like everyone in my church that I am friends with is getting married off, and the passage about how the perfect spouse comes from God himself is such a breath of fresh air; it takes some of the stress and pressure of dating and stuff like that because I can know for a fact that God has that whole situation under control. Going along with the spouse from God thing, children are obviously going to come after marriage. I was having a discussion the other day about how I am going to raise my children, and I am going to remember to rely on God to give me guidance as to raising my children, and how to discipline them. I am concerned that I am going to spoil my children too much with materialistic things and that it will transfer into their personalities. At least I can trust God to show me how to raise my children. Although that is a long ways down the road, I need to continue working on respecting my parents right now. Sometimes I have troubles accepting their rules, as I usually feel that I am mature and responsible enough to make some big decisions on my own. I really don’t want to be an embarrassment/disgrace to my parents, so I am going to make a conscience effort to respect their opinions and rules.
I have a really hard time admitting that I am wrong, but it says in verse 20 that we should accept correction. This is pretty self-explanitory. I guess if someone is wiser than me and is willing to correct me on things that they see need improvement I should be thankful and work on changing my ways.
I pray tonight that God will show me wisdom when it comes to making certain big decisions, will help me to choose my words wisely and time them accordingly, and stay focused on the important things in my life this summer, instead of silly indulgences and pointless excursions.