Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 22

Chapter 22: A Good Name

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1

This verse is probably one of the more famous verses in the book of Proverbs. It makes you think about how people think about you. I want people to think good about me, but if you know me you also know that I am going to be real no matter what you think about me. 

As a Christian, your first concern should be how others think about you when it comes to representing Christ. Do you have a good Christian name? When others hear your name, do they think that you are a person who loves and serves God? Or do they they think that you are a fake Christian, you live one way at home and one way at church. You should strive to bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ through your name.

When I think of having a good name, I think of having a good name to make my parents proud. I want my name too be a reflection of how my parents raised me. When my name is spoken, I want people to think of my parents in high regard. They raised me to love Christ and serve Him. They taught me to be faithful, to work hard and many other good qualities that I can trace back to them. I want to have a good name for my parent’s sake. 

“A good name…” What do people think about you when they hear your name? Is it good or is it bad?

A good name is based on your actions. Good actions will help give you a good name!

Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 16

Chapter 16: Pride

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:5, 18-19‬  

Pride started with Lucifer when he decided that he wanted to be higher than God. God cast Lucifer out of Heaven because He hates pride. Since then, man has struggled with pride. Pride in thinking that we are better than others, pride in thinking that we above destruction and basically become so prideful that we set ourselves up as a god. 

In verse 5, we find that the Lord finds pride as an abomination. The Lord hates pride. He despises pride. Pride makes him sick to His stomach. We all know sin is wrong, but why would you do the one that God absolutely hates? 

In verse 18, we see that pride goeth before destruction. Pride brings destruction. Lucifer is the best example of that. He went from having everything to having nothing. He went from a life full of delight in the presence of God to a life full of destruction that one day will end up in that eternal fire. 

Don’t start down that road of pride. It is a hasty road to destruction. As we see in verse 19, it is better to be of a humble spirit, God states in Matthew 19:30 “But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.” God will take care of the humble, it may seem like the proud people get all the attention and accolades but their time is coming. The humble aren’t worried about anything except doing what they are supposed to do, being where they are supposed to be, and living how they are supposed to live. God will bless the humble.

It is easy to be proud but don’t fall into that trap. Do your best to stay humble.

Working or Talking, What Are You Doing?

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison

In today’s generation this is a word that hardly anyone puts to practice.

To some it is a dirty word, they don’t want to say work, think about work or even attempt to work.

Work. If there is one thing my parents taught me, it was how to work. I remember as a kid having to do chores. I learned how to vacuum, do the dishes, clean the bathrooms and so much more. I learned at a young age to work hard and I’m so thankful that my parents taught me to work!

“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.” ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭KJV

This verse is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. Simply it states that if you ever want to accomplish anything you have to work hard.

If you have a dream, a goal, a desire…you will have to work hard to see it come to pass. The greatest athletes didn’t become great just by sitting on the couch, they became great by spending hours and hours practicing and working on their game to become better. Whatever you want to do in life, you have to work hard.

I’ve seen people who talk more than they work and they wonder why they never accomplish anything. God’s Word tells us that a fool’s voice is known by the multitude of words. Foolish people are the ones who sit around and complain about how things are going. They are the ones who always have something to say about whatever is going on. The people that talk a lot are the ones who never get anything done.

Whatever your dream is? Whatever your goal is? Stop sitting around talking about it. Get up and start doing something to accomplish it!

Stop talking about what you are going to do for Christ! Stop talking about serving Him! Just start doing what you know to do as a Christian. If you start working for the Lord, He will bless you more then you will ever dream of!

You have to choose a side.

Be a worker or be a talker.

A worker accomplishes dreams and goals.

A talker talks about the one who is working, yet wants the success of the one who works!

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison