Proverbs 13:12-25 – Walk with the Wise

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Have you ever played the game “Follow the Leader?” I remember as a child parading around the room all mimicking the person at the front of the line. We would take turns. Some people were better leaders than others. I never wanted to be the leader. I was shy and unsure of myself. Why would people want to follow me? That was then. Now, it bothers me when I don’t have control. What changed? I have been walking with the wise.

Verse 20 spoke to me today. (As always, I encourage your comments if another verse spoke to you.) It says, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” I can almost hear my mother’s voice reminding me “be careful who you associate with.” I remember being constantly on the look out to keep away from those “fools” who might get me in trouble. But then, I hit my teen years and a bit of rebellion burst forth. I didn’t get into serious trouble, thankfully, but I certainly wasn’t hanging out with a wise bunch all the time.

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Proverbs 13:1-11 – Be You

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Do you sometimes pretend you’re someone you’re not? Why do we do that? Sometimes it’s easier to hide behind a mask rather than admit to our own failures or insecurities. I have seen plenty of people in the business world put on a “wealthy” face when, in fact, they had very little in their bank account.

It’s all about appearance. If you want people to take you seriously, you must look a certain way. Isn’t that right? I know in our coaching business I run into people who are afraid to do videos because they are conscious of their appearance or lack confidence in what they might say. We can often tell ourselves “stories” that are not true that limit our greatness. God can see our hearts. He knows the truth.

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Proverbs 12:21-28 – Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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There are so many great truths and promises in today’s reading. I would love to talk about working hard, or telling the truth, or how the way of the godly leads to life. Instead, we’ll reflect on something we all do or have done. Worry.

Why do we sometimes consume ourselves with worry? Do we think that the outcome will change if only we worry more? On the contrary, I believe we are more apt to change things if we trust more. When we can let God handle it, it’s in much better hands. Don’t you agree?

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Proverbs 12:11-20 – Show Me the Benefits

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The nugget of wisdom that stood out for me today was verse 14, “Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.” Who doesn’t like a good reward? The hard work part may be difficult for some, but the reward should help to entice.

We’ve all worked alongside a slacker. That is, someone who shows up but never really gets into the job. They are more interested in the talking about the weekend that’s coming or asking if it’s time for the next coffee break yet. Their work is sub-par, but they have a false belief they are promotion bound. They expect a reward but don’t put in the work. Unfortunately for them, that’s not how it works.

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Proverbs 12:1-10 – Love Discipline

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There is a lot of talk in today’s reading about wickedness. To whom was Solomon referring? Perhaps to violent people, to those guilty of sin against God or people, or even to the one who is perverted trying to keep other people from God. I’m not going to focus on that, but I did want to mention it because it did strike me. There are many wicked people we need to be wary of. If we ourselves are wicked, these verses will surely call us out.

What did speak to me loudly was verse 1, “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” This probably hit a little close to home because of how I despise being wrong and being caught or called out when I have made a mistake. I need to be easier on myself. We are all going to make mistakes. It’s a great way to learn. We should welcome correction when it helps us see the error of our ways.

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