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07/15/2010

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Quality of Life


"My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you" (Prov. 3: 1-2).

My dad used to say; "Never wise up a fool, because he will try to make a fool out of you." The world does not look at knowledge and wisdom the same way that God does. There are a lot of worldly people out there who are very smart and demonstrate wisdom on some level. Often it is what we might call "worldly wisdom." The apostle Paul writes this; "Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (1 Cor. 1:20). Very often even though people may be intelligent, they leave the most important thing out of their equation....GOD! The gospel, the very epitome of wisdom, is often regarded by those in the world as foolish...What a shame..

Chapter 3 of Proverbs gives some very sound advice about how one might have a more peaceful and tranquil life. It is all about honoring our God and learning how to appreciate Him more. We find that some of the father's commands in this chapter are positive and some are negative. Just as we might discipline our own children, both the positive and negative are appropriately useful. The writer here avers that trusting in the Lord rather than one's self is healthy. The thought is always stressed in Proverbs is that there is a practical wisdom in allowing God to direct our lives. In chapter 28 it is written; "He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered" (28:26). The rewards of placing our trust in God through our faith and obedience are a longer life with more purpose. For the Christian today, that pattern still works. We often hear the term, quality of life used. I believe that a life lived in our Lord is the one of the highest quality attainable. It does not eliminate all the pratfalls, but it does help us to deal with them and move on. I think that verse 6 really sums it up for us.."In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."

Have a great day... Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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