Today we continue with more wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Here are a few thoughts from Proverbs 12 in the Message Bible.

Vs.10. Good people are good to their animals; the "good–hearted" bad people kick and abuse them.

Animal lovers will love this proverb. It's a good reminder that all of God's creation is good and to be treated with care. 

Vs.11. The one who stays on the job has food on the table; the witless chase whims and fancies.

Diligence leads to blessing. Slowly by slowly wealth is built, along with the character to sustain it.

Vs.12. What the wicked construct finally falls into ruin, while the roots of the righteous give life, and more life.

Never judge life in a moment. Life is a movie not a snap shot. Seasons come and go. Day and night. Good times and bad. In the end, serving God pays off. It really does.

Vs.13. Well–spoken words bring satisfaction; well–done work has its own reward.

Our words can bring life or death. Choose them carefully. Hard work is like sowing good seeds. It always reaps great rewards. 

Vs.15. Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.

Once again, we learn the wisdom of taking advice and listening to others, rather than being stubborn and headstrong.

Vs.25. Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.

Choose to be around people who lift you up, not tear you down. Then do the same for others.

Vs.27. A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done.

Diligence leads to reward and enjoyment. You may not be a natural 'morning person' but making an effort to get up a little earlier each day yields good dividends in terms of productivity. Try it!