Hope.

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (New Revised Standard Version)

 

Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
    but a sudden good break can turn life around. (The Message Version)

 

I’m always intrigued by different translations – open your Bible and see if your verse is the same or different. I think reading different translations can help us get more out of the passage.

This verse is so true for me. When I don’t have a goal or something to look forward to, life can get monotonous. But having something to hope for, look forward to, and work towards keeps my spirits high.

Where are you today? Are you feeling disappointed? Or are you experiencing desire fulfilled?

What can you do in your current situation to instill that hope that keeps your spirits high?

God is always with you and through that promise, there is hope in the future – whatever it may hold.

what did you just say?

Proverbs 12:3
Careful words make for a careful life;

    careless talk may ruin everything.

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” I heard this numerous times growing up, but didn’t know it related to scripture. I thought it would just get you in trouble. Which is true, but another translation says “Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives, and those who open wide their lips come to ruin.” Both translations seem to allude to the fact that what you say can affect your life.

Do you agree? Has this ever happened to you?

Take note of what you say for the next hour or day. Listen & remember if you were speaking nicely and got positive results or were speaking negatively and got negative results.

Use your research to make your decision.

 

a cheerful word.

Proverbs 12:25
Worry weighs us down;
    a cheerful word picks us up.

How often do you ask someone how they are doing and the response is “busy” or “stressed”?
And what is your answer?  “me too” or “not as busy as me” and then you list all the things you have to do.
This proverb is a gentle reminder that we are overwhelmed, busy, stressed about things that we are trying to control. But offering a cheerful word to someone who responds with “I’m stressed” or “busy!” is the kinder thing to do.
Practice doing that this week. Make your initial response when someone asks you how you are a cheerful word. Be a reminder to others that life is a beautiful thing and God created us for more than stress and busywork.  (Matthew 6:25-34)

pigs?

Proverbs 11:22
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout, is a beautiful face on an empty head.

This reminds me that if I don’t live as a mindful, caring, loving, intelligent human being, then my actions are as prominent as a gold ring on a pig’s snout. That the sheer shock of seeing that jewelry on a creature covered in muck and hair would be comparable to my empty-headed actions.

“Lord, help me not be an empty head.
Help me share your love through kindness, generosity, wisdom,
and always strive for your will.
Amen.”