(Proverbs 24:32 KJV) Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
What was it that Solomon “saw” (2372)? What did he learn from? We would like to think it was some lofty tome by Saith Augustine or a well known piece by C. S. Lewis. Not so. What he saw was the laziness of a neighbor. He noticed the fields and vineyards that he passed during the day. He noticed that some were overgrown and not cared for. He must have known how this was working out in the lives of the owners because his conclusion was that were living in poverty.
We can learn from others. How does that flirting with the woman in the next office work out? Open your eyes to the real world instead of watching how it works on TV. Ever hear of STD? Just because they say everyone is doing a certain drug doesn’t mean that life is good when they are home with no one watching. When I look at the shiny new cars that the secretaries at my school drive I get a little envious until I stop to think about the car payments and cost of insurance.
So? Look and reflect. Let the standards and principles of chastity and frugality be the measure, not your credit score.