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Relationships Aren’t Perfect

Relationships are not perfect. I’m not even referencing marriages or dating relationships. I’m referencing family and friend relationships. Imperfect people can’t come together and create perfect relationships. We can try, but I don’t think it’s possible.

People are just different. It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to have some rifts. In fact, something is very strange if you don’t have some disagreements. Those rifts cause us to see the things in ourselves that may need some work. And they may cause us to see the things that we firmly believe in that we didn’t even realize. They give us perspective.

I guess what I’m saying is, don’t throw a relationship away because you don’t always agree. Don’t miss the signs that may be obvious that you need to change. A lot of times we throw relationships out for selfish reasons. We don’t see it that way, but we do. I didn’t agree with them, so I’m done with them. Unfortunately, sometimes what we don’t agree with is what needs changing in us and we miss the opportunity to realize that.

Don’t throw away good relationships because they don’t work good all of the time. Don’t miss the opportunity to grow into a better person when people who know you best point out ways you can improve. It’s not always fun, but it is necessary for growth. Iron sharpens irons.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

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Keep Kindness Great

Giving is living. Too cliché? Well, that’s the thing about clichés, often times they’re true.

Giving is living. I feel significantly better when I give. I can’t explain it. I think it’s just how God has wired us or me. I believe that He has strategically wired us to feel joy or love when we give.

Why do I love Christmas? It’s the season of giving. I love receiving gifts, please don’t get me wrong. Receiving gifts is one of my love languages. But as I’ve grown a little older and a little wiser, and a little more mature, I’ve realized that receiving pales in comparison to giving. The joy and shock I see on someone’s face when I surprise them with a gift is indescribable.

When I give food or a gift card to a homeless person, I can’t explain the peace I feel. I hate that there’s not maybe more I can do for them, but the fact that I am able to give something does something to my psyche. Giving is interesting, because the more I give, the more I want to keep on giving.

Thank you for the ability to give God. It’s a wonderful reminder of the love and kindness You showed to me. Can we focus not on making all this other stuff great again, but on keeping kindness great?

Proverbs 22:9 Blessed are those who are generous,
    because they feed the poor.

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Are you Rich? 

Proverbs 2:3-6 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lordand you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. 

Do you want to be rich? Silly question, right? Most people do. However, the Bible says we are to long for a different type of treasure. One not limited to material value.  

God is the vastest, mysterious being there is, and yet wisdom can teach you something about Him, because God is the One who grants wisdom (Proverbs 2:6). In essence, the Lord grants treasure. The overarching emphasis is to value wisdom, common sense, and knowledge, because they are the treasures we should desire (Proverbs 2:3-4), if it’s truly lasting treasure you seek. 

So, I’ll ask it again, do you want to be truly rich or are you already? 

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Lookout! 

Proverbs 1: 20,23,24 

Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. 

If you want to be found, you go to a public square and you cry out. This is a beautiful personification of how much wisdom wants to be found, yet it’s unrequited. “I called yet you wouldn’t come, I reached out to you, but you wouldn’t pay attention.”  

In other words, wisdom is saying I made myself available to everyone, but only a few chose me. And as we all know, after so much rejection, eventually, you stop trying. 

In verse 28, wisdom says you’ll look for me but you won’t find my anymore. Wisdom cries out to be found in the public square. She wants to share her heart, she wants to make you wise, but she isn’t going to force you to want her back.  

So be on the lookout! Wisdom is waiting. 

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Good Intentions

I fear for our society. We live in a confused world, and that shouldn’t be surprising since we live in a world that does not want to acknowledge God, the One who is not the Author of Confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Today’s society is lost. It’s lost and it’s searching for something, instead of Someone, Jesus Christ. And unfortunately, people don’t realize that the beauty in searching for Christ is that He allows you to find Him. The game of hide-n-seek we think He’s playing is actually us hiding from Him. 

Some way, somehow, we’ve convinced ourselves that because I have the right, it is right. That’s certainly not true. And somehow, we’re operating under the belief that if a person means well that should be good enough.  

We live any kind of way, and then run for cover under the umbrella of grace as our self-storm of sins pours down. And don’t get me wrong, God is gracious. He’s so gracious that even though He knows, and we know we won’t do better, He’s still willing to extend a handful of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. 

I fear that not just society, but Christians are in a place where we want our good intentions to get us an honorable mention before God. I fear us valuing a wrong belief system. One that says, if we do enough good, we are good enough. One that says if we meant well, that’s just as well. And sadly, I think many of us are beginning to believe that God should be satisfied with us trying or intending. Christians, who know better do better, and understand that God can’t be satisfied with us being our second-best selves when He created us for so much. 

As for intentions, God examines our true intentions, and He says it’s a sin if you know you can do better and still don’t. When you do God’s will, God’s way, in humility before Him, no honorable mention is necessary. God, Himself, will honor you. (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6) 

Proverbs 16:2 People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their motives. 

James 4:17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. 

 

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Study this Book – Proverbs 23

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Study this Book – Proverbs 22

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