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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Poor Me

(Proverbs 13:18 KJV)  Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

As a teacher I am repeating the first idea of this verse on a regular basis.  I face a generation that “refuseth” (neglects NASB) (6544a) “instruction” (discipline NASB) (4148).  The modern translation is better here.  The old idea of instruction used to include the concept of aggressive correction and chastening.  Today it needs to be user friendly.  It must be fun.  It must build self esteem.  It is being rejected.

At a meeting last week we were told that we could not fail certain students unless we had filled out the right forms, gone to the right meetings and jumped through all the hoops.  There was nothing in the statement that held the student accountable for anything.  There was no requirement for accepting instruction or having the student embrace any type of discipline.

So?  Poverty happens.  Sometimes it is just a result of conditions that cannot be controlled.  Too often it is a result of refusing to work and strive.  Too often it is because we want it all at no personal cost.  Help someone grow.  Hold them accountable.  It helps to start with ourselves.

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