God has given each of us our own gifts, yet many of us envy other people’s gifts over our own. Proverbs 25:14 says, Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not have. Boasting about fruits which are not our own is pointless. While there are some gifts which are more visible than others, there are no unimportant gifts, and they are not made possible without the existence of all gifts. Do not waste your time working on gifts which are not your own. Embrace the gifts God has given you and work to fully utilize it for His service.
Those who are truly strong will show it when times are good and when they are bad as well. Proverbs 24:10 says, If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! This isn’t a question, it is a statement and an indictment on our strength if we fall apart at the first sight of trouble. More importantly, we are not alone. God is always near us and allows us to draw strength from Him if we are simply aware and willing to do so.
Arguing with a fool is pointless. Proverbs 23:9 says, Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words. The more you try to reason with a fool, the more you are dragged into their foolishness. It is better to walk away and save your frustration.
Everyone knows what it means to be generous, but I have not seen a better example of generosity than in this video. I hope you enjoy the video on this day of reflection.
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I need to have Proverbs 21:23 on my mind at all times. He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity. How many times have I made a bad situation worse by opening my mouth. Self control is the key to wisdom.
God has created each of us with the ability to see and hear truth. It is up to us to be willing to open up to the truth with our God-given abilities. Proverbs 12:12 says, Ears that hear and eyes that see – the Lord has made them both. Let us not allow ourselves to be blinded by the truth.
Few people like to ask for help and even fewer like correcting instruction from someone else. But Proverbs 19:20 says, Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Only a fool rejects wise counsel from others. God places people in our lives to help guide us and move us in the right direction. Be humble, accept it, and be thankful for it.
When we think we can do it all alone, that is when we are closest to failure. Proverbs 18:12 say, Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. We cannot do it alone. We need the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the help of trusted friends to keep us accountable. When we humble ourselves to know we need help, this is when we find honor.
True friends are the ones who love you no matter what. They stick by you regardless of the circumstances of your life or whether you can do anything for them in return. Proverbs 17:17 says, A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. There is no greater friend than a loyal one. When adversity strikes, that is when a true friend shows up. What kind of friend are you?