Monday, August 29, 2016

Being a Yes Man, Those Who Put Others Down, and They Could "Dish It Out" posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, verse 5.

This reminds me of when I ask my husband to read over something I’ve written.  He starts looking at it, making comments about corrections he thinks should be made to my paper.  It’s really very frustrating to me.  The thing is-he’s right.  When I incorporate the corrections he suggests, my paper flows much better than it previously did.  Although it’s still frustrating to me to have him edit my papers, I know the advice he gives me will be beneficial in the long run.

If I asked someone else for advice on my writing and they told me everything was wonderful regardless of the errors, it would be like hearing the song of fools.  They just tell you what you want to hear, but they don’t provide the input that is beneficial.  I would much rather have the advice of the wise than a “Yes Man,” any day.


For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, verse 20.

My mother used to tell me that there are some who put others down just to make themselves feel better.  This saying has comforted me over the years.  The thing I never paid any attention to is whether I did this myself.
None of us is perfect, except Jesus.  It’s funny how easy it is for us non-perfect human beings to find fault in others.  It appears that we think that looking down on others makes us better people.  NOT…as the kids say!…or No way, Jose!…or Not on your life!  I could go on, but you get the idea.


Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For often times also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, verses 21-22.

As a teacher, the children who came to me crying because someone called them names often were those who were notorious for calling other children names.  They could “dish it out,” but couldn’t handle it when it happened to them.
Isn’t it funny that adults are very similar?  We come unglued when someone says something rude or hateful to us, when we are often guilty of being rude and hateful to others.  Somehow, it seems different when someone else does it.  Maybe we can learn to be more forgiving of others, in the same way that Christ forgives us for all our actions.

Our children see how we handle frustrating experiences and will tend to handle things similarly as they grow up.  We need to be forgiving, even if someone’s just crowded into our parking spot when we had our car all lined up for it!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

God Values Women Who Look After Their Children, God Wants Christian to Be Flexible, and The Money Game posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.  Proverbs, Chapter 31, verses 10-12.

It goes on to say how she will help provide for her family, but I like verse 20: She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 
The next verses continue to list some of the qualities of the virtuous woman, but I, also like verse 26: She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  There are more qualities listed, and then verse 30 says: Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
I especially like the last verse that I mentioned.  God wasn’t saying, “Boy are you lucky to have a wife who is a CEO of a company.” Or, “Boy are you lucky to have a wife who is so gorgeous that she looks like a model.”  God says (paraphrased) that He values women who look after their families, provide for them and are kind and giving to others.  In fact, God reminds us that beauty is only skin deep.  What really matters is a person’s relationship with God and living as an example of that.
Now, we’ve all met some attractive, shallow people but there are also beautiful women who have a great relationship with God.  There are homely, bedraggled women who are shallow and some who have a great relationship with God.  We really can’t make decisions about people based on their looks.  Fortunately, God doesn’t judge us by human standards.  He knows of our love for Jesus and sees how we lead our lives and what our priorities are.


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, verses 1-8.

This passage brings back memories of a Simon and Garfunkel song, but this has a deeper meaning.  I think the song was popular for many reasons.  It made us realize that there are various stages in our lives and different reactions are appropriate, depending on the occasion.  I think this passage tells Christians to be flexible, because God will help us handle whatever comes our way.  There are going to be births and deaths, wars and peace, etc.  How we handle these sets the foundation for how other people, especially the younger generation, handle the trials, tribulations and joys in their lives.

If we get depressed, drink, take drugs, yell at others or mope around all day when we have troubles, what do you think our children are going to do when they have problems in their lives?  If we use times of joy to get involved in the excesses of life, including eating, sex, drinking, drugs, etc., what do you think our children are going to do when they have great joy?  We need to make sure we handle situations in ways that we would like our children to emulate under similar circumstances.


He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.  Ecclesiastes, Chapter 5, verse 10.

When we used to have family gatherings, my grandfather would have all the children and adults gather in the front room for the “Money Game.”  He would build everyone’s anticipation as he jingled all the coins in his pockets.  After a hush filled the room, everyone watched intently as he slowly dropped the coins onto the floor.  Young and old were trying to mentally tally the coins as they lay there, ever so briefly, before he gathered them up again.  Someone would take down everyone’s guesses and the person who guessed the exact amount got to keep the money.

I spent my time focused on the money and whether I won or not.  Instead, I should have been focused on the “wealth of family interactions” and the extra excitement my grandfather provided, creating a lifetime of memories for everyone involved.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

It Seems Some People Are Always Angry, Those Who Turn a Blind Eye, Disrespectful Children posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.  Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 22.

It seems that some people are always angry.  They are abrupt with others and say hateful things rather than try to work things out calmly.  They go around upsetting people everywhere they go, leaving a trail of arguments, fights and people with hurt feelings.  I learned a long time ago that my life runs a lot smoother when I stay clear of people like this.


Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.  Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 26.

It reminds me of politics on the local level.  I remember hearing about local businessmen who bought gifts for those who govern them, hoping to get political favors in return.  (Example: Companies were told they had to make costly anti-pollution adjustments to their factories.  The newspapers would note companies that were flagrantly non-compliant, without legal repercussions.  It was implied that the business had given a politician some gift large enough to overlook the fact that they were dumping waste into the public water supply, etc.)  So, this passage says to me that we may try to kiss up to the politicians of the world who might turn a blind eye to our actions, but God really knows what we do!

The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.  Proverbs, Chapter 30, verse 17.

It doesn’t sound like God thinks it’s cute when kids are disrespectful to their parents.  He’s talking about having ravens peck out the eyes of children who are disrespectful to their parents.  It doesn’t sound like God condones their behavior.
How do children learn to be respectful, anyway?  One way is by setting appropriate limits while they’re little.  If they’re allowed to argue with their parents when they’re little, do you think they will argue with their parents less when they are 16?  If they’re allowed to break the rules with no consequences when they’re little, do you think they will break the rules less when they are 16?  If they are allowed to have a lack of respect for authority figures when they’re little, do you think they will be more respectful of authority figures when they are 16?  If they are allowed to be self-focused, not thinking of others when they’re little, will they become more concerned about the needs of others when they are 16?

If you don’t teach them religious principals and allow them to develop a relationship with God when they’re little, do you think they will gain these religious principals and develop a relationship with God when they are 16?  So, if we don’t teach our kids to be respectful when they’re little…who will??????????

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Taking the Bait, The Fire Goes Out, Dictators and Inhumane Situations, and Babbling Every Thought in Their Head posts

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Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 4.

Sometimes people treat others like a fishing tournament.  The fisherman baits his hook with some challenging remark, just enough to entice us to take the bait by challenging our religious beliefs.  Once we bite that lure and get involved in the interaction, the fisherman yanks the pole and starts to reel his catch in.  Usually, it’s best to resist the opportunity to respond to people when they set us up.



Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.  Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 20.

I like the visual picture I have with this passage.  One way of looking at this passage might be to think of the wood as the person who listens to gossip.  The fire is the person who spreads the gossip.  If people listen to gossip, it “adds fuel to the fire.”  If no one listened to these stories, it would put the gossiper out of business; because they do it for the attention it gets them.
Here is a related passage:

*The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 22.



When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 2.

This reminds me of how I explain to my students about democracies where the people elect the government officials.  This is contrasted with some countries where the dictator takes over the country by force.  I tell them these dictators usually have their needs as a priority and not the needs of their citizens, who often live in impoverished and inhumane situations.

Here is a related passage:

*The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.  Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 7.




Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words?  there is more hope of a fool than of him.  Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 20.

This is talking about our opinion of people who go around babbling every thought that goes through their head.  Do you trust people like that to know your deepest, darkest secrets?  Do you appoint people like that as heads of corporations?  Do you really trust them to be there in a pinch when you really need them?  They aren’t generally the people we turn to when we need help.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

For Times When More Serious Consequences Are Necessary, Selling Out for the Opportunity to Be Popular, God Has Advice for Children, As Well posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.  Proverbs, Chapter 23, verses 13 and 14.

The Bible doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to beat your child when you’ve had a hard day at work or you’ve lost your temper.  I think this Bible verse is referring to them getting a branch and swatting their child’s bottom when they have made significant mistakes to warrant it.  I think this was done to motivate them to not make that severe of a mistake again.  (My parents used a paddle which used to have a rubber ball attached.  My uncle drew a “frownie face” on it, which worked as a deterrent for more serious infractions.  My parents didn’t do this in a fit of rage.  Time out and logical consequences seemed to work for most situations, but there are times when more serious consequences are necessary.)
I think of talk shows that have mothers and fathers as guests who can’t control their kids.  Their kids seem to control the adults and their household climate.  Their children are hateful and self-willed and bully other students at school.  The police are now holding the parents responsible for not controlling these children.  This Bible verse makes me think it’s better to reprimand the children when they are younger than to have to deal with the police later.
Of course, there are children who get into the wrong groups and get involved in drugs and other vices that change the child’s whole personality.  That’s why it’s vitally important that parents take an active role in their child’s life.  It can be difficult when parents work and the child has time to hang around with friends after school.  Raising our children by taking them to Sunday school and Church on a regular basis can prove to be beneficial.  It is better that children grow up with positive Christian values, rules and consequences.  This may give them a better sense of right and wrong that could keep them from being so vulnerable to negative influences.  It sure beats having to go to court to explain why your child is unruly.

Here are some related passages:
*The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.  Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.  Proverbs, Chapter 23, verses 24-25.

*Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.  Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 17.


Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.  Proverbs, Chapter 23, verse 17.

I realize that as human beings we sometimes envy all the attention people get in the popular groups.  I have found myself thinking that if I were to wear certain clothes or behave in certain ways, then I would get all the same attention.  It really isn’t worth lowering our standards to lead that type of lifestyle.  I don’t want to be a “Sell-out Christian,” selling out my Salvation for the opportunity to be popular.


Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.  Proverbs, Chapter 23, verse 22.

God doesn’t only have advice for parents in the Bible; He has advice for children, as well.  He wants children to listen to their parents.  We aren’t to resent our parents or ignore them when they get older when they aren’t as convenient to take care of.  I don’t think He’s saying we’ve done our bit to put our parents away in a nursing home somewhere as long as we pay the bills.  I don’t have the perfect answer but I’ve seen the elderly in nursing homes, starved for attention because they haven’t seen their children in months or years.

I admired the way my family pitched together to try to keep my grandfather at home where he felt comfortable as long as they possibly could.  My great-aunt would take him shopping for groceries.  My uncle would come mow his yard and clean around the house and my aunt would look after his legal issues that he was oblivious to.  My other uncle took care of his finances.  My mother would balance his checkbook, trying to locate the necessary paperwork.  Many family members were involved, some living closer and some far away.  Everyone helped in whichever capacity they felt able.  His aging presented a situation that seemed to pull the family together.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

You Can't Fool God!, Some Cater to a Child's Every Wish, Sometimes We Waste Our Time posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.  Proverbs, Chapter 20, verse 25.

I can’t explain what this passage actually means, only how this relates to me.
I’m not supposed to have sugar because Hypoglycemia runs in my family.  It also makes me cranky with those I care about.  Anyway, there have been times when someone brought a treat into the Teacher’s Lounge to share.  I knew it probably had too much sugar in it.  I tried to block it out of my mind and eat it as fast as I could.  Then I would say something like, “Oh, that was really good.  I bet it had sugar in it and I shouldn’t have eaten it.”
I knew full-well it had too much sugar in it to begin with, trying to fool the people sitting around me.  I may have fooled the people that I work with, but you can’t fool God!
He and I both knew I was aware of what I was doing all along.  Well, I think this Bible verse is saying something similar.  You can’t fool God by doing something that’s against His rules, and then play innocent after the fact, when you really knew you shouldn’t have done it.

Here is a related passage:
*For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me.  Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.  Isaiah, Chapter 47, verse 10.


Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs, Chapter 22, verse 6.

If we take the time and are consistent in raising our children with rules and appropriate consequences, our children will be the better for it, even in their adult lives.  For one thing, it helps them have parenting skills when they are raising their own children.  
As a teacher, I’ve seen the product of the opposite.  There was a period of time, when some parents seemed to think that it was important to cater to a child’s every wish and didn’t have any consequences for breaking rules.  When some of those kids grew up, they didn’t know how to raise their own children or how to appropriately discipline them, because those skills were never really modeled for them as they grew up.



Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.  Proverbs, Chapter 23, verse 9.

Sometimes we waste our time trying to explain our beliefs to people who just like to be contrary.  They could argue with us all day, on any issue.  We are just wasting our breath on people like this.  They aren’t going to be open to any of the things we have to tell them about our love for Jesus.
There are people from a particular religion that comes to my door to talk about God, but they don’t believe that Jesus is our Savior.  I could stand there all day and talk to them about how the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is Savior of all, but they won’t be open to listening.  As a Christian, it’s better for me not to debate my religion with people like that.
For one reason, these people may be more persuasive than we are and we may get confused.  That happened to me one time.  People from this religion were able to quote Bible verses to support the things they were saying, and I started wondering if they were right and I had misinterpreted things.

Later, I got my Bible and read the whole chapter that they had pulled these verses from.  That helped me realize that the verses they mentioned were really talking about a totally different issue.  Those adults pulled verses from the Bible out of context, making them sound like they supported their argument.  If I could get confused by trying to defend my beliefs, then it could possibly happen to you.  It’s easier to not get into a debate in the first place.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Open Mouth and Insert Foot Advice, It Saddens Me That I've Been This Shallow, Those Who Should Not Get a Chance to Return posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling




He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.  Proverbs, Chapter 18, verse 13.

This is good “Open Mouth-Insert Foot” advice.  I can’t tell you how many times I have embarrassed myself by thinking I knew what someone was talking about.  Stupidly, I would interrupt them and put my two cents in; only to find out I wasn’t even on the same topic.


Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.  Proverbs, Chapter 19, verse 4.

I’m somewhat embarrassed to tell you about this, but here goes.  When I was in the seventh grade, I needed to give my little turtle to someone because I was no longer able to keep it.  The teacher let me make an announcement to the whole class.  There were two people who wanted it.  One was the dreamboat of the class who was really popular, but self-absorbed.  Then there was a nice person who wasn’t in the popular group.  I remember thinking that the nice person would have given the turtle a better home, but I ended up giving it to the popular one, instead.  I had seen it as my one chance to get the attention of someone popular.  It saddens me to have been this shallow.

It also makes me think of how many people are immediately friends of those who have won the lottery, who had little to do with them prior to that.



A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.  Proverbs, Chapter 19:19.

This reminds me of how the police will go to the house of a man beating his wife and just give him a warning.  That really doesn’t do much.  He’s going to keep beating her, if not that time, some other time when the stress gets to be too much for him. 

It also, reminds me of how the court system lets rapists, killers and child molesters out into the public after they have served some time, only to find out that the person raped, killed or molested someone else.  A person who could have been saved, if the system had not let that rapist, killer or molester back out.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

What Does the Bible Say About Making Fun of the Misfortune of Others?, Those Who Work Situations to Their Own Good, Giving In to Nagging Children posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling



Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.  Proverbs, Chapter 17, verse 5.

I remember being with someone who I used to think was a friend prior to this.  I realized that they weren’t someone I wished to keep company with after this situation.  This person put down a guy with long hair in his community who was riding a motorcycle and crashed and got killed, saying it served him right.  There was no compassion, only justified indignation at this person with long hair who rode a motorcycle.  I don’t think it says anywhere in the Bible that only people with short hair, wear suits to work and drive expensive cars are allowed to go to heaven.  Actually, Jesus had long hair, but the main point of this is that we aren’t to judge others or make fun of their misfortune.
Here is a related passage:
*Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.  Proverbs, Chapter 24, verse 17.


A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  Proverbs, Chapter 18, verses 7-8.

I have seen children at school go to another student and say something like, “Fred thinks you’re ugly.”  The child is crushed by this information.  In talking to the student who shared this, I have come to realize that they thought they were doing the child a favor by telling.  I have to explain that when they share hurtful things, even though they weren’t the one who originally said them, they are actually being hurtful themselves.

I have stopped being close friends with some adults who manipulatively work situations to their own good.  I have known those who will get a person involved in a discussion focused on putting down another person, as well.  Then they go to the other person and say what was said, trying to get in close with that person.  It’s a, “Did you know what terrible things Fred said about you?” on a grown-up level.  This passage doesn’t sound like God takes too kindly to this type of behavior.




Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.  Proverbs, Chapter 19, verse 18.

Sometimes it’s all too easy to give in to our children to keep them from nagging us.  Their best interest needs to always be in sight as our ultimate goal.  I hear children in primary grades talk about graphic, sexual things that they must have picked up from the shows they watch.  It may be easier for parents to just let their children watch these shows rather than to have to deal with their children nagging them.

The real question should be, “What does this do to the child?”  Little children are exposed to all too much sexually explicit, violent and vulgar language and scenes in the media today.  The media isn’t going to stop making these shows, so it’s up to the parent to value their child enough to monitor the shows they view and put up with some nagging and fits.  After all, it’s their child’s well-being that counts.


Monday, August 1, 2016

The Need to Turn My Selfish Thoughts Around, Why Listen?, My Ego Got in the Way posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling




The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.  Proverbs, Chapter 15, Verse 26.

Now, I guess I might be able to convince some that my thoughts are always God focused and selfless, but God knows how I really am inside.  Fortunately, He forgives me and helps to turn my selfish thoughts and resentments around to be more tolerant and forgiving of others.
Here are some related passages:
*The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.  Proverbs, Chapter 15, verse 28.
*A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips: and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.  Proverbs, Chapter 17, verse 4.
*Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.  Proverbs, Chapter 17, verse 28.
*A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.  Proverbs, Chapter 19, verse 9.
*A fool utterth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.  Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 11.



He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.  Proverbs, Chapter 15, verse 32.

When I was a child, my father noticed that I scuffled my feet as I walked.  He knew it was a counterproductive trait, so he had me practice walking with an appropriate gait.  Being stubborn, I deliberately went back to scuffling my feet.  Now that I am older and have recently broken my ankle, I wish I hadn’t been such a stubborn child.  It would have been nice if I had listened to my father’s advice which would have saved me a lot of discomfort.  We have the same options in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  To listen, or not to listen, that is the question?  (Forgive me for misquoting Shakespeare.)


The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.  Proverbs, Chapter 15, verse 33.

I enjoy teaching and feel my teaching style has really improved over the years.  Our school district allows each school to make nominations for Teacher of the Year.  Somehow, I got the distorted notion that I had been nominated for this.  Egotistical person that I can be, although most wouldn’t know it, I prepared how I would respond when they announced my nomination at a faculty meeting.  Ironically, the award went to someone else who was extremely deserving and probably a lot more humble.
Fortunately, no one else knew that I thought I was going to be nominated, which was a big relief but God and I did.  This was a humbling experience, to say the least.  Hopefully, it leads me to be less self-absorbed in the future.
Here are some related passages:
*Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  Proverbs, Chapter 16, verse 5.
*Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?  there is more hope of a fool than of him.  Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 12.
*Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.  Proverbs, Chapter 27, verses 1-2.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.


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