When Your Savings is Spent

“He who loves pleasure will become a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not become rich.” (Pr 21:17)

You’ll never have enough if you fall in love with the world’s goods.  It is hard to save when you are so quick to spend.

The stats bear this out: wealthy people drive used cars, clip coupons, and accept having less.  Keeping up with the Joneses just makes you fall behind.

Luxury living isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

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Define ‘Compassion’

“He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered.” (Pr 21:13)

We call it compassion… and God is a big fan of it.

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A Home Without Joy

“It is better to live in a corner of a roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” (Pr 21:9)

Contentious people think they are strong because they are quick to fight and never surrender.

But remember – you might win the battle, but you’ll lose the war for his heart.

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Choose Your Lamp

“Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked is sin.” (Pr 21:4)

A lamp is the source of light that guides you through the darkness.  When your heart is heavy, when times are difficult, when you are worried, fearful, or enraged… what guides you through those dark hours?

The wicked man turns to sin to satiate his soul.  It is sin that feeds his own pride and whispers to him that he is surely master of his own destiny.  Sin masks the pain and callouses the heart.

But there is another way.  Let the Scriptures guide you through the blackest night.  The comfort of the words of your Creator can tame your soul and wash away your fears.  Let His word be the lamp to guide you home.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105)

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How to Convert Strength to Wisdom

“The glory of young men is their strength, and the honor of old men is their gray hair.” (Pr 20:29)

There is a transition that happens in life from strength to wisdom.  The transition is slow, but we all feel it as the years roll into decades.  Tasks that were once easy become a strain, and muscles that once recovered quickly take much longer.

If we do it right, we are converting the strength of our youth into the wisdom to guide the next generation.  Energy is replaced with perspective.  A life well-lived takes what God gave us and uses it, so we can learn and grow from it.

Every gray hair represents a story of lessons learned.

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The Faith to Not Fight Back

“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the LORD, and He will save you.” (Pr 20:22)

Sometimes the most faithful thing we can do is just shut our mouths and take the hurt.  Nothing says, “I trust God” more than refusing to avenge yourself.

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The Gossip’s Accomplice

“He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip.” (Pr 20:19)

Gossips need friends to peddle their wares to.  What good is a salacious secret without someone to tell it to?

If your friends have nothing better to do than talk to you about other people – they aren’t your friends; you’re their accomplice.

“For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.” (Proverbs 26:20)

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A Rotten Deal

“ ‘Bad, bad,’ says the buyer, but when he goes his way, then he boasts.” (Pr 20:14)

Everyone likes to get a good deal… but God’s people should also seek to give others a good deal, too.  It is a sign of character when we seek to be fair in our business dealings.  God’s business ethics take into account a long-term perspective of taking care of others.  We wish other’s to be honest in what they sell, and we must be honest in how we purchase.

This is good business practice, but it is also just another way of following the second greatest commandment.

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

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Stand Out From the Crowd

“It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself; if his conduct is pure and right.” (Pr 20:11)

There are few things as frustrating for a young person than to feel the disrespect of an older generation.  When we are young, we wish to be heard, valued, and noticed… but how to stand out in the crowd?

If you are tired of being painted with the broad brush of stereotypes where the older generation rolls their eyes at the inexperience and foolishness of all young people, there is no faster road to respect than character.  Good manners, honesty, a work ethic, and scruples are the universal language of respect and distinction.

Nothing stands out faster in a crowd than the man of pure and right conduct.

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Let Me See Your Loyalty

“Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man?” (Pr 20:6)

Loyalty is a synonym for faith.  The faithful friend is the one that is loyal.  Trustworthy faith is found in the deeds of a man’s life and his conduct over time.  A man may say he loves his wife, but his deeds over time will either bear that ought or contradict him.

Many claim to be faithful, trustworthy followers of Christ, but stating something as true doesn’t make it so. We may say we love the Lord, but our actions will always speak louder than our words.

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’ ” (James 2:18)

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