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Wisdom Wednesday: Put Your Heart Into Caring

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It has been a while since I have posted a Wisdom Wednesday, but now that my EMT classes are over, and because I have a good friend who encourages and motivates me, I decided to post one today.  Thank you, Randell!

Have you ever been caught by surprise and left wondering, “How did that just happen?!”

While looking over proverbs that I had noted months ago, Proverbs 27:23 jumped out at me— “Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds.” That’s only part of the entire proverb, but it stood out to me for a few personal reasons, and I realized how multi-faceted it is. It’s not just about flocks and herds, being a farmer, or finances; it’s about stewardship, leadership, and relationships. Good shepherds know their sheep, good leaders know their people, and good relationships are kept intact when we know and love each other in the way we each need to feel loved. If we neglect to “know the face of our flocks” or “put our heart into caring”, as the literal Hebrew implies, we may find ourselves caught by surprise when something or someone slips away.

“It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” —George Lorimer

“For willful waste makes woeful want, and I may live to say, ‘Oh! How I wish I had the bread that once I threw away!’” —Unknown

“When you’re dying of thirst it’s too late to think about digging a well.” —Japanese Proverb

“He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossoms.” —Gaelic proverb

“When men say [“Oh, I’ve loaded my shotgun”], ‘cause I know when men say that, they’re trying to pretend they have taken their position of leadership. You don’t need to load your shotgun, you need to love your daughter. You need to know your daughter. You need to pray with your daughter. You need to invest in your daughter, ‘cause the main thing is not to blow his head off, but to keep her heart.” —Mark Driscoll, pastor in Honor Your Father and Mother

“Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.” —Proverbs 27:23, 24 NLT

“Effective leaders are engaged in the lives of the people they are leading and are constantly seeking to understand how they can create an environment in which people succeed.” —Nathan Mellor, president of Strata Leadership, LLC

“He who wants to travel far takes care of his beast.” —French proverb


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Wisdom Wednesday: Recycle, Resource, Refresh, Repurpose

"Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find."  —Proverbs 12:27 NLT

Photo credit: Stacie Humpherys via Flickr with text added.

Have you ever been apprehensive about cleaning out your refrigerator because you knew you had yucky ‘science experiments’ growing inside? I have had some that were so overgrown with mold microbes, that the food was unrecognizable. Have you ever wished you had a dollar for every piece of food that was wasted? I have heard and read statistics saying Americans throw away over $500 in food per person every year. I can think of a thing or two to do with $500, can’t you?

“He who has money to throw away, let him employ workmen, and not stand by.” —Italian proverb

“Willful waste makes woeful want.” —Scottish proverb

Having an Okinawan mother, I grew up with the Japanese mindset called ‘mottainai’ which has the idea of an appreciation for food and possessions and consuming or using them as fully as possible so as not to be wasteful. Although the New Living Translation of Proverbs 12:27 ends with “but the diligent make use of everything they find,” the literal translation has more to do with valuing the things they have.

“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” —Proverbs 12:27 KJV

“Though you live near a forest, do not waste your firewood.” —Chinese proverb

Hi, my name is René, and I am a recovering packrat. If you are, too, I’m sure you appreciate and even have fun with the new move to reuse, resource, refresh and repurpose things. It can help save money and Earth’s resources. After all, we are supposed to be good stewards of the resources God has given us as well as His beautiful creation.

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” —Unknown

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” —Teddy Roosevelt

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” —Plato

I wish I was as creative as and really admire people who tend to think more abstractly than I and can see potential and create beautiful art or useful things with what most people would throw away. It’s one of the reasons I like Pinterest.

“A creative mind sees every pile of junk as a jigsaw puzzle.” —Steve Supple


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Wisdom Wednesday: Gratitude

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“Thankfulness is giving the gift of appreciation.” —John O. Reid

Have you ever wanted to give more to people who are appreciative, take care of and use the things you give them, and are themselves generous?  Proverbs 12:27 says, “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”  A comparable Latin proverb says, “An ungrateful man is a tub full of holes.”  Grateful people take care of and value the things and relationships in their lives, while those who are ungrateful take people and things for granted and even allow them to go to waste.  Have you ever noticed, too, that grateful people tend to be happy, generous, and kind?  Because they are a blessing, don’t you want to bless them, too?

“In our daily lives, we must see that is it not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”  —Albert Clarke

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” —G.K. Chesterton

“Who gives not thanks to men, gives not thanks to God.”  —Egyptian proverb

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  —John F. Kennedy

“If you haven’t got all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you don’t want.”  —Unknown

“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.”  ― Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbon.”  —Ruth Ann Schabacker

Have you ever received a gift and intended to write a thank-you note or call the giver but kept putting it off?  Although, as a Greek proverb says, “Swift gratitude is the sweetest,” even a delayed thank you is still a sweet gift.

A Living Sacrifice

Photo/image credit:  Yoshi Esmé

Photo/image credit: Yoshi Esmée

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.

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