Something I read in the book of Proverbs jumped off the page this morning, so I’m sharing it now with you! I’ll list each verse and then explain it… hope this adds tremendous value to your amazing life!
Verse 1: My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart.
These Proverbs are written from King Solomon to his “sons.” They are also written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit as wise messages FROM FATHER GOD to each of his SONS and DAUGHTERS. This first verse of chapter 3 opens with a huge key to success… NEVER FORGET the written words of God, make a huge effort to STORE GODS COMMANDS in your HEART. Therefore, to live a life that matters in eternity… a truly successful life, an influential one, a prosperous one, a fruitful one… to achieve the highest levels of personal effectiveness, we have to be fanatical about reading, meditating, and memorizing the Bible every single day. This is a KEY!
Verse 2: If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.
Isn’t this a great promise from GOD to you and me? IF we do what verse one tells us to do, then we will LIVE MANY YEARS… and our many years lived will be SATISFYING! I want to live a LONG and SATISFYING LIFE. I don’t want to die before my time. Neither do I wish to live a long and miserable life! This is a PROMISE!
Verse 3: Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.
For me, this talks of godly CHARACTER… the kind that comes from storing Gods commands in my heart! I love the two he chose to mention: LOYALTY and KINDNESS… two beautiful qualities quickly evaporating from this modern world. I feel like Solomon was saying, “As you’re storing biblical principles in your heart, especially tie around your neck and write them DEEP into your heart! Don’t just speed through the things I’m teaching you, but take the time to REALLY STORE THEM in your heart!” This requires COMMITMENT!
Verse 4: Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.
This is the path of FAVOR with both GOD and PEOPLE… and if you do this, you will EARN A GOOD REPUTATION! And anyone who tells you, “Reputation doesn’t matter”, that person is ignorant about how life really works. Some people actually believe they can live RIGHT in their OWN EYES and everyone else can TAKE THEM or LEAVE THEM. I believe CHARACTER is WHO we are and REPUTATION is HOW OTHERS PERCEIVE US. Solomon is adding to his promise… that God will cause people to RECOGNIZE our good character… that we will be able to connect with God and people in such a way that the beauty of our inner character is CLEARLY SEEN and APPRECIATED. This is a NECESSARY BLESSING!
Tomorrow, maybe I’ll finish teaching through verse 10… and give you the rest of the story! There is a wealth of wisdom waiting to be mined from Proverbs! One of my earliest Christian disciplines and one that’s elevated me to a place of tremendous personal effectiveness… it’s the discipline of reading ONE book of Proverbs each day for almost 20 years! Since there are 31 Proverbs… it’s the perfect book for a monthly routine. Try this for a few months and watch yourself grow wiser by the HOUR!
Thats it for now! I just finished praying for you all… hoping you feel it all day long! I look forward to reading your AMAZING comments! Love you all…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!