As we continue our reflections on the book of Proverbs, let's look at five proverbs from Proverbs 13 today (from the Message Bible): 

Vs.3. Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything.

Our words are very powerful. We need to engage our brain before opening our mouth. Thinking before we speak preserves us from the consequences of words spoken too hastily or without prior thought. Listen more today. Pause before speaking. Let your words be few … and full of life to the hearers.

Vs.7. A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.

Not all that glitters is gold. Bright lights can be seductive yet deceiving. Many things in life offer far more than they can ever deliver. Could less be more? What does the 'simple life' look like for you? What do you need to offload? Let go of? Stop pursuing?

 Vs.10. Arrogant know–it–alls stir up discord, but wise men and women listen to each other's counsel.

Who speaks into your life? Who do you listen to when it comes to receiving counsel for important decisions? Be open to feedback and different perspectives today. None of us see everything nor do we know all that could be known about a subject or issue. Listen … and learn.

Vs. 14. The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so, no more drinking from death–tainted wells.

What are you feeding on? What is going IN to your heart and soul? Garbage IN = garbage OUT. Is it time for a change of diet? What you feed on grows and produces fruit in your life.

Vs.20. Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

Who is the greatest influence on you? Who is your model? Your hero? Do you want to be like those you hang around? Be a positive influence on others but follow those whose lives are worth imitating.