We’ve Lost Our Simplicity

We’ve Lost Our Simplicity

If you read some of my posts you may know that every morning I read a few chapters of my Bible and I have been doing this for a number of years.  I’ve read it cover to cover a number of times.  Sometimes I read it in order from page 1 to the end and sometimes I skip around from book to book.

The other day while reading my Bible I got to thinking about how big of a role God played in people’s lives when these books were written and then as the years go by (thousands of them) God has a smaller and smaller role.

I think about the book of Psalms.   The whole book is King David talking to God either through poetry or songs. Continue reading

Seek Righteousness

Seek Righteousness

King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in history.  The wisdom and knowledge that he shares in the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes has become the cornerstone for my philosophy of life.  Not only does Solomon give us wisdom and truth that is ageless, he does it with simplicity.  I love simplicity.

In 1 King 3:5-14 we learn how Solomon gained this wisdom.

Solomon has just been anointed king by his father David who passes away shortly after anointing Solomon.

Solomon has vanquished those who tried to usurp his reign and now realizes just how much power has been placed on his head.  Solomon will reign over, “a great people too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.”

God asks Solomon, “What shall I give you?” Continue reading

Special Mediocracy

Special Mediocracy

Luke 17:7-10

Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?  Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?  So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’

This is a lesson for many of us today.

So many of us feel we should be rewarded for just showing up in life and we teach this to our children. We start this “you are special just for showing up” at a very young age.

Participation trophies, attendance awards, etc., these are meant to make the mediocre special.

No wonder we now throw around hollow and meaningless compliments like pennies in a wishing well.

This feeling of mediocracy as something to celebrate spreads into our adult lives.  We have a government that swears by it and promotes it. We have mass media that follows suit. Continue reading

God’s Gift To You

God’s Gift To You

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

What gain has the worker from his toil?  I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.  I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the entire Bible and King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in the Old Testament.

The above passage talks about the most recurring theme from all of King Solomon’s writing.

The theme that’s been my words to live by, which is summed up in verse 13. Continue reading

Debt – A Way Of Life

Debt – A Way Of Life

Deuteronomy 15:6

For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

“…but you shall not borrow…”

I believe God is advising Israel on how to stay wealthy and self-sufficient, as a nation and a people.  I believe God is advising us, on a personal level, on how to stay in control of your life.

I’m not going to get into the amount of debt we have as a country, nor the amount that other countries owe our country.  I guess I just wanted to write about another example of advice and wisdom that has transcended through the ages. Continue reading

Never Correct A Scoffer

Never Correct A Scoffer

Proverbs 9:7-12

Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Sound advice for all of us. Continue reading

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

This post is from May 23, 2015.

One of my favorite, if not the favorite, books of the Bible is the book of Proverbs.

Every morning as part of my daily ritual I read a chapter or two or more depending on their length, the amount of time I have available and how well my eyes are functioning without my glasses.

Over the past number of years I have done this ritual of reading the Bible from beginning to end.  I am currently on my fourth or fifth time of completely reading it cover to cover.

The one book that I always look forward to reading is Proverbs. Continue reading