Perhaps you can relate to Scooby-Doo from time to time and a world that is seemingly spinning out of control. What can we do to counter this nauseating spinning? The Book of Proverbs is well-known for its tactical wisdom and instruction. It is also a book in which to anchor our soul. David Holladay’s sermon entitled Spiritual Mastery #7: Fool to Wisdom encourages this concept.
A List of Practical Wisdom for Your Life
Proverbs overflow with practical wisdom for our lives. Meditate for a few moments on the five verses below. Assess your state of mind afterward. If you’ve been struggling with a problem at work or school, turn to Proverbs. If an issue arises with a friend or spouse, consult the Proverbs. Turning to the Proverbs for constructive advice is not only free, it’s guaranteed to work good in your life.
|Proverbs 12:25 – This proverb is so pertinent for our anxiety-ridden world. A kind word refocuses our perspective on what is good and positive instead of what is weighing us down.|
|Proverbs 13:3 – Words are of critical importance in building up or tearing down. Choose carefully. On average, it takes seven positive statements to counter a single negative quip.|
|Proverbs 17:22 – This practical health advice will keep you out of the doctor’s office. It will also keep you away from costly and sometimes addictive prescription medicine.|
|Proverbs 18:2 – Contrasting the foolish vs. the wise helps us avoid one and gravitate toward the other.|
|Proverbs 20:22 – We must depend on God to fight our battles and execute judgment in His timing and as He sees fit. Wait for and expect His promise.|
Helpful Tip: Read Just One Chapter Every Single Day
A friend from Illinois shared this helpful tip with me. Read a chapter of Proverbs each day of the month. 31 Proverbs provide structure for an easy-to-implement plan. Delve into these set of scriptures when you are stuck or between study topics. Sticking to a new habit often tests our patience and discipline. The best way to get started is to begin today. Resist the unhelpful temptation of beating yourself up if you miss a day or a week. Instead, pick up on whatever date it is.
What Makes Your Boats and Boundaries Good?
I had the opportunity to visit a friend this summer in Mobile, Alabama. We spent some time relaxing on her brand new Boston Whaler. After driving to her favorite spot, we anchored the boat. Even while anchored, the boat was free to drift with the current for a distance. If we had not anchored the boat, that beautiful Whaler could have drifted into another vessel. Or, it could have traversed into shallow water that may have been difficult to navigate. Anchoring the boat supports appropriate boundaries.
Similarly, Proverbs 4:27 upholds healthy boundaries. It states, “do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” This simple instruction keeps us centered, grounded and focused.
Keep the Proverbs and their wisdom near you throughout the day. Recall the power in their words when you are in a tight spot or faced with a situation that seems unmanageable. Let down that anchor and steady those out-of-control feelings.
By Aimee Zahora, VP of Marketing at Aim Higher Now, enjoys reading and writing compelling blogs on topics that edify, uplift, and enrich.