Sawry I'm having to play catch-up again. See what had happened was... oh, you don't need to hear my excuse? How thoughtful of you. Anyways, let's jump in!
This chapter was chock full of nuggets about the wise versus the foolish person. But the verses below are the ones that stood out to me particularly. (I used the CEV this time)
I can't do justice to this verse. It speaks volumes to women (wives, mothers, especially).
We have to constantly remind ourselves that we're not living our lives for ourselves. How we conduct our lives, what we say, do, or think is all a reflection of our relationship with God. If we truly respect and love Him, it will show in our actions, speech and thoughts. It's as simple as that.
This is a no-brainer.
The first version is from CEV. I thought it was really insightful because anyone can put up a front of being happy, but be sad in reality (I've been there myself, as recently as a few weeks ago even). I wanted to see the same verse in a different version, and while the Message version is quite different, I think it also has a valuable lesson. To be a good friend means being there ALL THE TIME. You can't pick and choose when you want to be a friend. There will be difficult times in everyone's lives, and a good friend should stand by in those times. If you don't, how will you even show your face when the good times have rolled back in?
Dear leaders and future leaders, please take note. Also pay attention to the word, LOYAL.