anxiety and kindness

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25) At first glance, the teaching of this Proverb seems over simple and it’s easy (for me, maybe not others) to say, “Well, of course. This is more self evident than gravity.” If I can humble myself to get down off my high horse, I’ll dig a little …

wisdom in the eye of the beholder

“Do not be wise in your own eyes” (Proverbs 3:7) What a perfect picture of pride. We need this picture because it is the struggle of every growing Christian. This command can be difficult for the wise to follow–should a wise person not see themselves accurately? Perhaps is means, “Do not see yourself as wise enough.” This would fit with the …

shooting yourself in the foot

“Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” Proverbs 1:19 There will always be people who look for ways to take an unfair advantage over the innocent. We often ambush the ignorant under a deception which weakly justifies our actions. We may say something like: “It’s just …

Why the pursuit of wisdom never stops

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5) When it comes to wisdom, there is never a moment when a person has “arrived” and can take easy and stop learning. Here are a few reasons why: We are great at forgetting stuff. We need to keep learning because what we really …

Silent service is the difference between shutting up and speaking up

Perfect Storm Factor #1: I have a ton of ideas and opinions about nearly every subject. I’m constantly thinking about things that I don’t understand–which is all the time because the world is a confusing place. I am constantly making mistakes and work to correct them. Some people call me quick witted–but I’m just sharing what I’ve already been thinking …

THIRST, day 30

Scripture: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) Prayer: Lord, although there are many worthless things in this world that fight for my attention, you are the one true God, help me to love you …

THIRST, day 29

Scripture: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33) Prayer: God, thank you for your blessings, help me to love you more than your gifts. Reflection: A measure of spiritual maturity is rightly ordered priorities. Often, we don’t love the wrong things, we simply love the right …

THIRST, day 28

Scripture: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19) Prayer: Dear Lord, thank for the many times you have been faithful to me in the past. Help …

THIRST, day 27

Scripture: It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. (Proverbs 19:2) Prayer: God, increase my passion for you, deepen my understanding. Forgive me for the times I go my own way because I haven’t taken the time to seek your wisdom. Reflection: It is a great thing to be excited about …