Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Proverbs Challange - Day 28

Have you ever been talking to someone - maybe even a group of people  - and you mention something that happened and someone quickly says, "It wasn't me!" or something to that effect, and you weren't even thinking about how that person was involved or "guilty" of anything? It happens a lot with children talking to their parents or parishoners talking to a pastor, so I've heard it a lot.

I always love to quote Proverbs 28:1 in those instances.

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Hahaha. Then the person looks at you and says, "What does that mean?" to which I reply, "You're running and I wasn't even chasing you. You must be guilty of something. haha."

But the verse I want to choose for today is verse 6.

Better a poor man who lives in integrity
than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.

I heard a conversation between a 20 something y ear old and an older person and they were talking about signing contracts. The 20+ year old said people his age just signed contracts to get a job, that they didn't ever intend to actually follow it if they didn't want to. Oh my! This is from the Christian 20+ year olds.

Is that really the case? Have we as a nation really raised a generation that has zero integrity? Well, why wouldn't we have? The Baby Boomers starting it and perfected it in their children and now it is being passed on to the next generation. We should consider more of the proverbs in this chapter.

18 The one who lives with integrity will be helped,
but one who distorts right and wrong will suddenly fall.

20 A faithful man will have many blessings,
but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.

1 comment:

Phyllis Hobson said...

v. 14 - A tenderhearted person lives a blessed life; a hardhearted person lives a hard life. (The Message)

It hurts when you care about people and things. It disappoints and causes anguish. It makes for sleepless nights, for tears, for gut-wrenching pain. It makes you want to close down, to be an "island unto myself."

There are the good times, the times when you realize that because you care, there are people that care as well. When you have pain or a need, you are surrounded by a group who hold you up. When you rejoice you have people around you celebrating.

For all of these reasons, no matter the hurt, I want a tender heart.