Saturday, July 23, 2011

31 DAYS TO A WISER YOU: Proverbs Chapter 23

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This is part of a series, studying the book of Proverbs during the month of July, 2011. For more details click here.

My Grandma Rita turns 80 next month.  That's kind of a big deal, with a large family celebration being planned.  She's been witness to so many changes, innovations, and advances in society and in life in general.  Back then a loaf of bread cost 8 cents.  The average cost of a car was $640, while a gallon of fuel for that vehicle cost 10 cents.  The average worker earned a whopping $1,850 per year.    

I've not had this specific conversation with her, but I feel pretty confident that if we did chat, she would confirm my suspicions.  In the later years of life, no one regrets not having worked more, or spent extra time away from home and family to advance their careers further.

No, if there is a regret that is voiced, it's generally that, instead of putting so much effort into work, they had paid more attention to their family.  Or to their friends.  Or to their own selves and personal interests.

As my friend Kenny Rogers says (ok, he has no idea who I am),

You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run     

Key Verses For Me
Proverbs 23:4-5 - Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.  Be wise enough to know when to quit.  In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.

We do not remember days, we remember moments. - Cesare Pavese

Related Scriptures
1 Timothy 6: 6-10 - Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.  After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.  So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.  But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

1 John 2:17 - And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Dear Jesus, may I make the most of each moment I have right here, right now.  Thank You for blessing me with each new day.  

So what verse(s) stick out to you and why?

1 comment:

  1. Verse 23:12 "Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge."
    We need to be open minded throughout life. No one knows everything; however, there are those that "think" they know everything (close minded). Learning is an ongoing process and with it comes knowledge. Don't be so set in your ways that you aren't willing to learn more. Lord, I choose to be a listener of those who have more knowledge than me. I pray that all I gain is to glorify You.