Another week rolls by and we come to our Proverb of the Day. Today it's some wisdom from Proverbs 17 in the Message Bible translation.
Vs.3. As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God.
God tests us to see what we are made of. Times of pressure and adversity reveal our true character. Anyone can keep a great attitude during the good times. How do we navigate the challenging times?
Vs.9. Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and––good–bye, friend.
We all need the gift of 'thicker skin'. Choose not to be easily offended. Don't be touchy or overly sensitive. Most people don't wake up in the morning with a desire to annoy us. Give them the benefit of the doubt and remember that "hurt people hurt people".
Vs.10. A quiet rebuke to a person of good sense does more than a whack on the head of a fool.
How well do you receive feedback? Other people see aspects about us that we don't. We need their input in order to grow and change for the better.
Vs.14. The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before it bursts.
Little things can easily become big things. When an argument develops, choose to close it down before it gets out of hand. A soft answer turns away anger.
Vs.17. Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.
Be a true friend today. Stick with your friends no matter what – through the good times and bad.
Vs.22. A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone–tired.
Happiness is based on what is happening to us – whether good or bad. In contrast, joy is an internal disposition that is independent of circumstances. Choose to be joyful today. It'll do you and others good.
Vs.24. The perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard; fools look for it everywhere but right here.
God is at work right where you are. Seek to be more aware of him today and attentive to his voice. Wisdom is right there with you. Open you eyes and ears. Learn – right where you are.