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Taming the Tongue

When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.  
Proverbs 10:19  


A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
 Proverbs 12:16  


A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue. 
Proverbs 17:27-28  


I am convicted by these words today.  God has been dealing with me for the last several weeks about my mouth.  I boast too much.  I gripe too much.  I gossip too much.  I just flat out talk too much.  I have a hard time controlling my tongue and I want to change that starting today. 


I want to be a godly man, husband and leader in my community and church.  I have to start with the small things.  I must love God and my wife.  I have to be faithful with my prayer.  I have to read my bible.  I have to go to church and I have to tithe.  But that isn’t enough.  If I do all these things yet cannot control my tongue then I am not godly at all.  James asks us in James 3:12, “can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?”  Certainly not.  Neither can a man leave his tongue unbridled and expect to have influence. 


I know I can’t do it on my own; I’ve tried.  I am glad I don’t have to. 


      But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,

      for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

                       2 Corinthians 12:9


Thank God for grace.


Speaking of Yard Work
May 27, 2008, 9:34 am
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My mom came out to visit me and the wife over the weekend.  We had a really nice time.  I think I did more shopping Saturday, Sunday and Monday than I have in the last year.  We went to the nursery for plants, the outlet mall for clothes and Salado for antiques.  Everybody bought stuff but me.  I was really just along for the ride. 


It was really good to hang with my mom and wife.  They get along really well and that makes me very happy.  My dad had loads of yard work to get to so he stayed home.  I wish he could have come too. 


Speaking of yard work; my mom said something that really stuck with me.  She said she was really surprised and impressed by how nice our yard looks.  Cheri and I spend HOURS nearly every weekend working in the yard doing something new to make it look good.  My mom just couldn’t believe I would spend that much time doing that.


My mom also told me she couldn’t see me being married, owning paying for a home and having a dog.  Basically, she was surprised I had turned into a relatively grounded and responsible adult.  Not surprised like shocked, but surprised, you know what I mean?


I have to give the credit to God first and foremost.  He is the one that saved me from the apocalyptical direction I was heading.  I began listening to wisdom calling out to me, the simple.  That wisdom which God spoke to me through my parents and pastors. 

I’m glad I surprised my mom.


Proverbs 9:4-6, 10

“Let all who are simple come in here!”
       she says to those who lack judgment.

“Come, eat my food
       and drink the wine I have mixed.

Leave your simple ways and you will live;
       walk in the way of understanding.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
       and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Know-It-All Kid
April 28, 2008, 9:14 am
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We have been teaching this youth how to read the Bible over the last several weeks.  We are reading through Proverbs right now and I think it is going well.  However, yesterday I decided to mix things up and make the class uncomfortable.  I told them they had to split into two groups, read the chapter together and discuss 2 to 4 verses that they liked.  I had them elect one person to present to the class the verses they chose and explain why they chose them, what they meant and how they can apply it to their lives.


Cheri helped the senior high and I helped the junior high.  After reading Proverbs 6, I asked the kids what they liked about it and one of the young men, we’ll call him Cooper, answered “I liked verses 6-8.”


“Wow”, I thought to myself.  That was the same three verses I liked from the passage.  They are:

 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
       consider its ways and be wise! 

 7 It has no commander,
       no overseer or ruler,

8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
       and gathers its food at harvest. (NIV)


“So, why did you pick these verses, Coop?”


“Well, it’s telling you that you can look at the way ants behave and gain wisdom.  See, they don’t have anyone telling them what to do or anything but they are working hard anyway.  They know what needs to be done and they are doing it.”


Whole E-Cow.  My jaw was agape.  I was expecting something a little more his age, more Sunday School.  Of course, I wasn’t expecting him to pick out this verse either so I shouldn’t have been surprised. 


I exclaimed to young Cooper, “That is incredible insight and shows a lot of wisdom.  I am very impressed.  You know that you have now elected yourself the speaker too, right?”


Shrugging, “Okay.”


I don’t know if everyone was as impressed as I am but I just had to share that story.  I have read Proverbs a dozen times.  I read Proverbs 6 about five times before class.  It wasn’t until one of the last times I read it and after I had read a commentary that verses 6-8 stuck out to me.  I think I have a future scholar in my class.  Or maybe I am just dumb.

Wisdom is a Woman
April 16, 2008, 9:24 am
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I challenged the students to research this week why, in Proverbs, wisdom is referred to as a woman.  I didn’t know myself so I looked it up too.  Apparently, the Hebrew word for wisdom is feminine.  Wisdom wants to be chased like a woman.  Wisdom tries to woo us and wants us to “love” it, much like a woman [typically] craves.  Hmmm, that’s it?  That was pretty simple.  I always thought it must have been a typo.  J 


Just kidding ladies.