The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
a good understanding have all they that do His commandments:
His praise endureth for ever.
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Proverbs 21 to 30 = Counsel for Kings and Rulers
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“Self-Control” – a guarded mouth makes for a serene soul.
*He that is keeping his mouth and his tongue is keeping his soul
Proverbs : 21:23
“Reputation” – choose a good name rather than great riches.
*A name is to be chosen rather than abundant riches; favor is better
than even silver and gold.*
Proverbs : 22:1
“Soberness” – red wine is colorful but calamitous.
*Do not look at wine when it exhibits a red color, when it gives off its
sparkle in the cup, [when] it goes with a slickness.
Proverbs : 23:31
“Counsel” – the sober judgment of a sane thinking group is more
reliable than your own opinion.
*For by skillful direction you will carry on your war,
and in the multitude of counselors there is salvation.*
Proverbs : 24:6
“Women” – better solitude on top of the house than sojourning in the
house with a nagging woman.
*Better is it to dwell upon a corner of a roof than with a contentious wife,
although in a house in common.*
Proverbs : 25:24
“Gossip” – fire goes out when fuel gives out; scandal stops when mouths are stopped.
*Where there is no wood the fire goes out, and where there is
no slanderer contention grows still.*
Proverbs : 26:20
“Tomorrow” – there is never a tomorrow, only today.
Get it done now, for now soon becomes then.
*Do not make your boast about the next day, for you do not know what a day will give birth to.*
Proverbs : 27:1
“Understanding” – rank does not guarantee an understanding heart.
*A leader that is in want of true discernment is also abundant in fraudulent practices,
but he that is hating unjust profit will prolong [his] days.*
Proverbs : 28:16
“Bribes” – seek justice and our land shall stand; accept bribes and it will fall.
*By justice a king makes a land keep standing, but a man out for bribes tears it down.*
Proverbs : 29:4
“Security” – a trust in Yahweh/Jehovah Almighty God in heavens above is the only safe soul armor.
*Every saying of God is refined. He is a shield to those taking refuge in him.*
Proverbs : 30:5
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A ZEN STORY
by a Zen Master
There once lived a great warrior.
Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger.
His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land
and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village.
He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master.
Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot
and exploit any weakness in an opponent.
He would wait for his opponent to make the first move,
thus revealing a weakness, and then
would strike with merciless force and lightning speed.
No one had ever lasted with him in a match
beyond the first move.
Much against the advice of his concerned students,
the old master gladly accepted the young warrior’s challenge.
As the two squared off for battle,
the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master.
He threw dirt and spit in his face.
For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse
and insult known to mankind.
But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm.
Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself.
Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth,
the students gathered around the old master
and questioned him.
“How could you endure such an indignity?
How did you drive him away?”
“If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it,”
the master replied, “to whom does the gift belong?”
Our destiny is determined by our philosophy and attitude.
What we do in the next five minutes is also
determined by our philosophy and attitude.
We can have good intentions but unless they are followed by action,
those good intentions remain no more than an illusion.
Our attitude needs energy to survive.
We must therefore allow it to bask in moments of regeneration.
We need only rest long enough to gain strength.
A positive mental attitude is the strength to drive
our actions forward.
When you say to a child, “I’ll be there in five minutes,”
but have no intention for half an hour or more
the child starts to lose respect.
As a parent you will mould your child into a future adult,
if you refuse to give the child attention the child
will use other influences to mould themselves.
words of wisdom ….
“A Strong Positive Mental Attitude will create
more Miracles than any wonder drug”.
“Strength does not come from winning.
Your Struggles develop your Strengths.
When you go through Hardships and opt
not to Surrender, that is Strength.”