Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Long Life Lived Full and Well

Today we begin to bathe in the wisdom of Solomon.

A long life, lived full and well.

What a beautiful ideal. Many have lived it in the past. It is your choice, and mine, whether we, too will live a long life lived full and well.

Listen to Solomon. With God whispering into his ear...

Proverbs 3
Don't Assume You Know It All

1 -2 "Good friend, don't forget all I've taught you; take to heart my commands. They'll help you live a long, long time,

a long life lived full and well.

3 -4 Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty.

Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God's eyes and the eyes of the people.

5 -12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;

don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;

he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all.

Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health,

your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own;

give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst,

your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline;

don't sulk under his loving correction. It's the child he loves that God corrects;

a father's delight is behind all this. "

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