See It Like It Is

“Buy truth, and do not sell it.  Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” (Proverbs 23:23)

Truth is the knowledge of the way things really are.  Truth may be painful if it is revealed to us that we are not the spouse we thought we were or if we come to realize our behavior is wrong and misguided.

No student ever liked receiving a test back covered in red marks next to wrong answers.  Yet, those red marks tell us the truth and provide the only path to growth.  We cannot learn if we cannot accept truth.  We cannot allow our emotions to stop us from acknowledging right from wrong.

A man that rejects truth, rejects all hope of deliverance from himself.

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)

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Don’t Let Them Get You Down

“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the LORD always. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:17-18)

When others are living for today, it is difficult to remember you are living for eternity.  There is a strong temptation to covet the ease of those who squander their life on luxury, comfort, and selfish ambition.

Do not envy those who are selling their eternity for the shiny trinkets of today.  The ant must ignore the grasshopper while he prepares his storehouses for the winter.

The Christian’s future is bright – the passing storm clouds are just trivial blights upon our eternal joy.

“…storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:19)

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Show Your Pride

“My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart also will be glad; and my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.” (Proverbs 23:15-16)

When your children do the right thing – tell them, “Well done.”

When their actions reflect growth and character – tell them you are proud of them.

When your heart swells with pride at their maturity – let their faces see your joy.

Your attentive encouragement is powerful incentive.

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They’ll Thank You Later

“Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.” (Proverbs 23:13)

How many times must God listen to our howls as He disciplines us?  How many times do we cry to Him that it is too much to endure only to later realize that these earthly pangs are exactly what our souls needed?

Our children are just like His children.  We believe we will die, only to later realize that the rod only drove away our character flaws.

Don’t be afraid to discipline.  They’ll thank you later.

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It Will Never Be Enough

“Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it.  When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.  For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.” (Proverbs 23:4-5)

Money is a wonderful servant, but a horrible master.  The man that builds his life around money – be he reach or poor – will find himself miserable at all times.

Remember: It will never be enough.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” (I Timothy 6:10)

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Craftsmanship Character

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” (Pr 22:29)

When someone takes their job and elevates it to the next level, it is a sight to behold.

The carpenter that feather chisels the wood into a perfect dovetail and still returns to sand the piece one more time…

or the pediatric nurse that knows just the right way to swaddle the newborn…

or the mailman that gets to know the names and lives of the families on his route…

their work is their craft, and those who practice excellency are just a little bit better than the rest of us.

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Truth is Truth

“Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.” (Pr 22:28)

Just because something is old doesn’t mean it is wrong.  Truth is truth.

Evil isn’t suddenly acceptable just because we’ve decided it is easier to call ourselves ‘tolerant’ than it is to stand up for what is right.

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Prepare Them For Life

“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” (Pr 22:15)

The beauty of children is their innocence and naivety.  They are whimsical and care-free and see the best in the world.

But not all the world is good and innocent, and they will need to know how to navigate the waters where sharks swim.  That is going to take courage and discipline and wisdom.

That is what parents are for.  You protect them when you train them.  If you don’t do your job, the world will devour your beautiful child.  Preserve their beauty and joy, but gird them with wisdom.

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Giving Yourself a Life

“He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” (Pr 22:9)

It is impossible to live a truly blessed life if you focus on yourself.  Work hard enough to just provide for your own needs, and you will be isolated to a life with just you in the center of it.

Here is God’s advice – purposefully decide that you will work hard enough that you will have some to give to others’ needs.

If you want a life of blessings, you must live with an open hand.

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A Reputation Worth Keeping

“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.” (Pr 22:1)

Your reputation is your most valuable commodity.  Protect it with your life.

When your name is spoken, people have a feeling that they associate with it.  This is why every couple has certain baby names that are off limits – bad experiences with people have tainted the name for their future children.

Your moniker is your trademark.  It is your stamp upon the world.  Make it count.

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