A GOOD EXAMPLE HOW NOT TO BE

When we were growing up, one of Mom’s famous catchphrases was “That’s a good example how not to be.” A wise person can learn that by carefully observing others. That truth is tucked in the middle of a passage that King Solomon wrote. (Proverbs 24: 30-34) See if you can find it:

“I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.”

“When I saw it, I considered it well. I looked on it and received instruction.” (Proverbs 24:32) Solomon’s observed someone’s bad behavior and turned it into a learning experience. He became wiser because his eyes were wide open and he learned that the lazy man was “a good example how not to be.”

Let’s be observant. We will be wiser if we imitate those who are good examples to follow, and if we learn from those who are “a good example how not to be.”

Prayer: Lord, help us to “look, consider and receive instruction” from people around us. Teach us to imitate the good and learn from those who are a “good example how not to be.”

 

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One Response to A GOOD EXAMPLE HOW NOT TO BE

  1. Peg says:

    You really sound like mom! I have used that often when our children were growing up. Now they are using it with their children.

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