August 1, 2014
It’s good to read the Proverbs of Solomon. First, because they are God-inspired. Second, because Solomon was the wisest man in history; therefore we should pay close attention to what he says. In Proverbs 1, Solomon appropriately sets the stage with a vital truth in this introduction: “A wise man will hear and increase learning…but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”(verses 5 and 7)
As we journey through the book of Proverbs, let’s not be that un-teachable, foolish know-it-all. Let’s be willing to listen to what God wants to teach us so He can shape our thinking – and our lives. Let’s let Him make us wise!
Prayer: Lord, Open our ears and hearts to willingly hear Your teaching, and shape our lives with what we learn. Amen!
May 7, 2011
One of the last pictures of Mom and I
No doubt most Moms have a variety of favorite phrases and special bits of advice that are frequently repeated during their children’s growing-up years. These are “catchphrases”. According to Wikipedia, “A catchphrase (or catch-phrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance.”…. . If we liked them or not, we heard Mom’s catchphrases often…and little did we realize that they would play an important part in molding us into who we are as adults, and be engrained in our memories forever.
In our case, Mom relied heavily on the wisdom of King Salomon, and repeated certain Proverbs so often that we almost knew beforehand which one she would shoot at us in any given situation. Here are a few of those Proverbs:
“He who diggeth a pit falleth in”…she knew very well that sometimes siblings can be very conniving!
“A soft answer turneth away wrath”…that one was a handy one with 6 kids in the house!
“Pride cometh before a fall”…all we can say to that one is “Ouch!”
Mom also had some other favorite catchphrases:
“Now say 10 nice things about him (or her)”…that was hard to do after complaining about someone!!
“Be good”…EVERY time we walked out the door.
“It’s easy to serve the Lord when you’re not worried about getting the credit”…and Mom joyfully served Him till she was 90+ years old!
I can’t thank God enough for having given me a Mom who worked hard at reiterating her catchphrases, diligently instilling Biblical principles in my life through them….yet what I’m even more thankful for is that she not only repeated them, she lived them! Happy Mother’s Day!
December 3, 2010
Karla and I trying to catch up on the last 30+ years took time out for a picture.
Separated by thousands of miles and several decades, my friend Karla and I were privileged to spend an afternoon together not long ago. Trying to cram thirty years into four hours wasn’t easy! We barely scratched the surface. Of everything we talked about, one thing that Karla said stuck in my mind. She mentioned that after so many years of marriage (35+) we tend to think like our mates, talk the way they do and…even look alike. Maybe that’s why someone called me Mrs. Jorge a few days ago!
We’ve all heard the old proverb that “A man is known by the company he keeps”. The Bible confirms this concept in several places. Immediately Moses comes to mind. We read that he spent a lot of time with God, “as a man speaks to his friend”, and his proximity to the Lord was evident, even on his face! (Exodus chapters 33 and 34)
Solomon, the wisest man in history, wrote that “He who walks with wise men will be wise.” (Pro. 13:20)
In the New Testament, Jesus told His disciples that everyone would know that they belong to Him if they love one another like He loved them. (John 13:34,35) That is still true today.
Later, the highest Jewish court “saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
The apostle Paul wrote that in the measure that we behold the glory of the Lord we are transformed into His image. (2nd Corinthians 3:18)
Moses lived it; Solomon knew it; Jesus taught it; Peter and John experienced it; the apostle Paul confirmed it, and Karla reminded me of it: We become like the person we spend time with. The secret to becoming more like Jesus is very simple: spend more time with Him in the Word. That’s what I want to do, because I want people recognize me as a friend of Jesus, not just as Mrs. Jorge!