In the last Proverbs Blog-Along post, the last few verses of Chapter 22 began with 5 of Thirty Wise Sayings, and they continue in Chapter 23. As always, I'll choose the verses that stood out the most to me. Please feel free to share what jumps out to you from these chapters, in the comments :)
Wise Saying #6
It actually goes on to say a bit more, but just this first verse caught my eye. If you take it on its own, it's pretty clear that the message is to watch your manners and behave properly in the presence of a king, or someone of influence maybe. Taken with the verses that follow though... it's a little more tricky. If you get it, please tell me in the comments.
Wise Saying #7
Sometimes you hear people saying that you should never quit at this or that. But truthfully, there are some things that at the end of the day aren't worth pursuing. It takes wisdom to know when it's time to move on (moving on sounds better than giving up).
Wise Saying #12
Again, more talk about physically disciplining your children. See my last Proverbs post for how I feel about physical discipline.
Wise Saying #16
Just focusing on the verses about parents, this one makes me hope that my parents are proud of me. They have both told me at different points in time, but I hope I can keep making them proud and happy.
There are lots of good verses in this chapter, but I'm starting all the way down... at verse 26
If you're a true friend, you should be able to be honest. This isn't grounds to be hurtful. I have that problem, in that a lot of times, I can be very direct and while I'm not trying to be unkind, it comes across that way. I've been told to say something nice first, then deliver the hard truth.
To me, this little story has a big lesson. Sleep a little, doze a little - I think this signifies procrastination and/or laziness. If you keep putting things off, just a little here, and then a little there, one day you'll find yourself in deep doo-doo! Ah, you can even apply it to other parts of life. Shey this time last year, I was exercising and eating properly. After the wedding, it was "okay, I won't exercise today... enh, let me just eat that cake... oh I just want a little bit of ice cream... don't worry, I'll exercise tomorrow;" and then one day, BAM, the scale said I had gained almost 20lbs!!! Duh! Little things add up over time. What little things are you not doing, that over time, when combined, will become a catastrophe?
I shall be back with more during the week and weekend. I must finish this series by the end of the month!!!