Tuesday, December 31, 2013

20 Rules of Wisdom

To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching; Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head And ornaments about your neck. Proverbs 1:2-9

As we enter a new year, here are some thoughts that might help us navigate the year ahead successfully.

20 Rules of Wisdom
1.           God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
2.           Dear God, I have a problem, it's me.
3.           Growing old is inevitable, growing UP is optional.
4.           There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
5.           Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
6.           Do the math...count your blessings.
7.           Faith is the ability to not panic.
8.           Laugh every day; it's like inner jogging.
9.           If you worry, don't pray. If you pray...don't worry.
10.       As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home everyday.
11.       Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
12.       The most important things in your home are the people.
13.       When we get tangled up in our problems, be still; God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.
14.       A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
15.       He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
16.       We do not remember days, but moments!  Life is moving too fast – so enjoy your precious moments.
17.       Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise its just hearsay.
18.       It's all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again.  Just be sure to flush when you are done.
19.       Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk taking. Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck. "We are continually faced with great opportunities disguised as unsolvable problems."
20.       Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

Reading over these I could not help but notice myself thinking, “I know that.”  Amazing isn’t it how much we know but fail to apply?  Maybe this year I will remember to think these thoughts before I act so I can learn less by experience. 

Scripture to Claim:
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 
Proverbs 2:6

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