An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Thorny Issues

(Proverbs 24:31 KJV)  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

What are the “thistles” (7057) and “nettles” (2738) of your life?  You say you are a city boy?  Then think of dandelions or crabgrass.  Think of people who don’t know how to drive.  Think of government regulations.  If you are like me, you life is full of forces that seem to get stronger daily and push in to suck the joy out of life.

Some things we can do little about.  Others we have a big say in.  Attitude is one of the big things we can control.  I would talk about my wife snoring but you might tell her, so lets talk about the dog next door.  I can be walking along the side of my house, minding my own business and even thinking righteous thoughts.  Then I am ambushed by the neighbors dog.  Suddenly this violent yapping jerks me back into the real world.  After the initial jump, I have choices to make.

Am I going to light a candle or curse the doggness?  Am I going to throw dispersions on my neighbor?  Am I going to move out of the neighborhood?  Or am I going to laugh, complement the dog on getting me again and go on my way?  Which response allows the nettles to begin to dig into my soul?

So?  Watch out for the dog.  Even more watch out for your attitude.  Get the weeds while they are small and they don’t live to be big.

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