What’s Missing In Your Life?

“A sated man loathes honey, but to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.” (Proverbs 27:7)

Scarcity breeds gratitude.  It is only when we face discomfort that we begin to value what we have.  Water tastes better after exercise.  Our own soft bed feels like luxury after a camping trip.

Perhaps the reason we aren’t happy is because we are so busy acquiring more that we don’t learn the joy of having less.  Wants aren’t the same as needs.  Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Jesus said it is “more blessed to give than receive”?

We’d probably be amazed at how little our happiness is dependent on what we have.

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Open to Critique

“Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed.” (Proverbs 27:6)

A friend who would let you burn down your life just so they don’t have to feel the heat is an acquaintance, not a companion.

When we consider the courage it takes to tell someone they are wrong, we begin to empathize with the friend who loves us enough to risk the relationship to protect us.

Stop surrounding yourself with yes-men.  Remember, Peter once had his best friend call him “Satan”.  Criticism is a necessary part of the growth process.

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A Foundation of Trust

“Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, but who can stand before jealousy?” (Proverbs 27:4)

Joy can never be found without trust.  Trust is the bedrock of every happy marriage.  She knows that he is hers, and he has no doubt that she is his.

Their eyes do not wander, their phones and browser history are open to the other, and they are unafraid of transparency because there is nothing to hide.  Jealousy never comes knocking with its wrath when trust has guarded the home.

“Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his home.” (Proverbs 27:8)

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Quality Speaks for Itself

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” (Proverbs 27:2)

Let your character do the talking for you.  There is nothing sweeter than a reputation that speaks for itself.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

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Here Comes the Sun

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)

Our days are gifts consecutively received and consequently undervalued.  The consistency of their appearance does not guarantee future opportunities.  Our days are numbered, but only our Creator knows the count.

Don’t waste today based upon plans for tomorrow.  You aren’t in control.  Today’s the gift – use it with joy.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)

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Check Your Heart

“He who hates disguises it with his lips, but he lays up deceit in his heart.  When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.” (Proverbs 27:24-25)

One of the signs that our hearts are filling with hate for someone is when our words no longer match our actual sentiments.  Anyone can sound friendly in a public setting or use good manners because culture and society dictate that they should… but our hearts tell the true story.

Do we wish the best for a person?  Do we want them to succeed?  Do we wish they knew the full extent of how we feel about them or do we fear our innermost thoughts being exposed?

“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

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Just Kidding

“Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows and death, so is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, ‘Was I not joking?’ ” (Proverbs 26:17-18)

Just because you think it is funny doesn’t mean it is.  “Just kidding” is not a get-out-of-jail-free card phrase.

If our humor doesn’t take into account the sensitivities and feelings of others, then it is wrong.

Love is not rude (1 Cor 13:5)

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You Do You

“Like one who takes a dog by the ears is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.” (Proverbs 26:17)

Only one Man was asked to save the world, and He ain’t you.

If it’s none of our business, we are best to stay out of it.

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You Don’t Know Nothin’

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12)

The only thing worse than a man that knows nothing is a man that thinks he knows everything.

Read the previous eleven verses of Proverbs 26 and you will see exactly how repulsive a fool and useless a fool is… and yet, verse 12 says there is one thing worse: a man who is wise in his own eyes.

The man who thinks he has it all figured out is the least prepared to live life.  “I don’t know.”, “I was wrong.”, “Can you help?”, and “Please teach me.” are the phrases of true wisdom.

Don’t be fooled by the know-it-all… he’s already fooling himself.

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When the Walls Come Tumbling Down

“Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.” (Proverbs 25:28)

Discipline equals freedom.  If we cannot control our urges, we are slaves to them.  A man ensnared in sin is a man whose life is spinning out of control.

When we say ‘no’ to our cravings, we are saying ‘yes’ to the desires of your heart.

Self-control makes you strong.

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