Wisdom Wednesday: Neglect Destroys

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I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  Then I saw, and considered it well:  I looked upon it, and received instruction.  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.”  —Proverbs 24:30-34

Have you ever wished you’d kept and taken care of things from your past after realizing how valuable they would be now?  While taking a brief vacation in North Carolina recently, I watched a TV show with my mom called American Pickers, a reality show involving two guys who travel in search of antiques and collectibles to buy and sell.  The better the condition of the item, the more valuable.  Seeing old things of the past in mint condition and good working order is so cool.  I also noticed a lot of old abandoned or rundown places, including the property on which I grew up.  The yard and trailer park that once held beauty and life, now speaks of violence and decay.  A Latin proverb says, “He who neglects the little, loses the greater.”  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands or spending too much time on the computer or in a book, and before we know it, things are falling apart, including our bodies.

“Neglect dissolves many friendships.”  —Latin proverb

Not only do we destroy things and properties when we neglect them, but we might also destroy relationships through negligence.  Proverbs 18:9 says, “He also that is slack in his work is brother to him that is a destroyer.”  Relationships take work.  Love isn’t just a feeling.  Love is an action.  When we don’t take the time to care for each other and maintain relationships, we may one day find we have caused others to feel abandoned and broken like an old building and ourselves without a place to share our hearts.

About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

21 responses to “Wisdom Wednesday: Neglect Destroys

  • Sarah

    What a great reminder.

  • Sandra

    WOW … stands for Words of Wisdom … that is you … that is this post. WOW … I needed to read this today. Thank you, Rene. xo

  • Valarie

    I always look forward to reading your posts. They are always full of food for thought. Thank you for sharing this today. God bless you, friend!

  • theshepherdspresence

    Neglecting our Bible reading and prayer time and sharing Christ with others brings dryness to our spiritual growth.

    • Rene Yoshi

      True. Reminds me of the children’s song that says, “Read your Bible, pray every day… and you will grow, grow, grow…. Don’t read your Bible, forget to pray… and you will shrink, shrink, shrink.” Thank you for that addition and your words of wisdom! 🙂

  • Randell Bell

    As one who restores old toys from the 50’s and 60’s I can make the toy look like new but it is never as good as when it was new. If it is missing pieces, I can cast the missing piece & form a duplicate and apply it but it is just a cosmetic fix and not the original missing piece dropping the value of the item. Taken care of from the start the toy increases in value with time.
    Lives, like an old house that is in disrepair needs to be rebuilt not fixed cosmetically on the outside or slapped with a coat of paint to hide the cracks and stains of neglect. 1Cor.3:10 But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

  • Unshakable Hope

    More great wisdom, Rene!
    That shack looks a lot like the one we pass in a rural area on the drive to my daughter’s home. I always laugh when I see it because it’s literally falling over and there is a big NO TRESPASSING sign next to where the front door used to be; like anyone would come to steal something:-)
    I have seen “American Pickers” and many of the people they try to buy stuff from are like the guy that owns that shack; rarely is one man’s junk another man’s treasure – it’s just junk because, as you said, it hasn’t been taken care of.

    • Rene Yoshi

      LOL… The only thing inside as I recall was an old empty, dusty glass moonshine bottle sitting on a rickety shelf. Interestingly, the shack sits next to what appears to be an abandoned church or community building. Thank you, Bill! 🙂

  • bennetta faire

    Well, this could start a whole big ol’ crying jag, so I’ll just say “God Bless you BIG”, and move on.

  • g.

    Posts like this one prove why Wisdom Wednesday is so important. All that was said here is truth, from the Bible, and from my very wise friend. Neglect really does destroy. If we own a thing, it is our responsibility to care for it. It doesn’t take long for our vineyards to be overcome with nettles… or our stone walls to be broken down. These things are our lives, our homes, our families, and our livelihoods. We must be diligent, and care for that which is ours. Rene, thank you for sharing this admonition from God’s Word, and from your great insight.

    • Rene Yoshi

      Until I read Proverbs 18:9 in the ASV, I hadn’t fully considered how neglect is passive destruction in disguise. Isn’t God’s Word and revelation of It through various means such a blessing? Thank you, g, for your continued encouragement. 🙂

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