15/15 vision; Proverbs 15:15,that is…
Life is always hard for the poor, but the right attitude can turn it into a party.
A new month, and done with some readings, so I resumed a trek through the Proverbs. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to answer every question with one of these two-liners? Imagine a whole sitcom with the Proverbial character. It might get old, but there’d be some interesting moments.
14:9 Fines are needed to make fools obey the law, but good people are happy to obey it. (One of my favorites, which I’ve blogged about previously. “They’re more like guidelines.)
15:16 It is better to be poor and respect the Lord that to be rich and have many troubles. (Goes right along with :15. I’m constantly tempted to think I’m one of the poor, but then I realize how rich I am. Of course I have troubles. We all do!)
:19 For lazy people, life is a path overgrown with thorns and thistles. For those who do what is right, it is a smooth highway.
:21 Doing foolish things makes a fool happy. But a wise person is careful to do what is right.
Spring is slowly making it’s way here, which means there’s yard-work to do. To resume. I can see that. I see my wonderfully-wise wife out there clearing away winter’s debris. (I was drained from dialysis.) This week I played Civ V a lot. To do what is right is not just “good”. It’s not often easy, nor always simple. It hardly ever is the fun-est thing to do, although it can, in fact, sometimes seem silly. It’s certainly rarely convenient, might not be technically legal, but can’t be for the wrong reason(s). But it also doesn’t have to feel like work. (You can do what you want with these odd (like leftover) thoughts.)
:30 A smile makes people happy. Good news makes them feel better. (Yes, the warmth of spring is coming! Someday… Glorious Day!)
16:1 People might plan what they want to say, but it is God who gives them the right words to speak. (Even when blogging – just to check the “I blogged today” box – about nothing in particular.)
:19 It is better to be a humble person living among the poor, than to share the wealth among the proud. (Isn’t it ironic how humility is the one thing we lose as soon as we realize we have it? Speaking of which, I notice my typing speed and accuracy is improvnig…)
:20 Good things happen to those who learn from their experiences, and the Lord blesses those who trust him. (Time to bag some last-year leaves…)