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 12, 2015

Standards of Reality

(Proverbs 12:9 KJV)  He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

We have a touch of reality here.  On one side is our actual financial condition.  On the other side is perception.  Our culture is more in love with perception than reality.  I think of a “beach bum” that I observed in Hawaii.  He lived in a shack on the beach beside an affluent condo complex.  To all appearances he was homeless and living hand to mouth.  A local told me he owned a house up on the hill.  He didn’t seem to care what people thought of him.

Go down the beach and observe the many people staying in posh splendor, drinking strange drinks and partying late into the night.  Most of them are doing it on credit.  They can’t really afford it but figure they will pay later.  Our plumber takes his whole family on his credit card.  He is paying his bills so it is legal, but which one is better off?

So?  Do you ever have someone tell you that you need to say “Amen” or raise your hands or you are not spiritual?  When they do I either smile and act receptive or, if I am in one of those moods, ask them where they were at 5:00 AM when the Lord and I were celebrating.  Go for reality. 

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