Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Proverbs for a New Year

As we say goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018 it's smart to have a plan to make the coming year better than the previous one.  To do that we all need wisdom and, when it comes to wisdom, the biblical book of Proverbs is the place to go.  I've scoured through the wisdom of Solomon and leave these Top Ten Proverbs with you to help you make the most of the coming year:

Proverbs 4:25
Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
Be thankful for your past and learn from your past but don’t live in your past.  Focus on the future.  2017 is over and 2108 is here.  Spend more time looking to the future than rehashing the past.  There's a reason why your car's windshield is a lot bigger than the rearview mirror.

Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.
You don’t have to let everyone know everything you know.  As tempting as it is to share those juicy secrets about someone, be a person who has the strength to keep things confidential.  Too many people are slandered and too many relationships are destroyed by gossip. Loose lips do sink ships!

Proverbs 11:27
He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
What do you look for in people?  If you look for faults, you will find them. If you look for strengths, you will find them.  Be a person who looks for the good in people rather than the bad.  Remember, what you look for in others will be what others look for in you!

Proverbs 17:14
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
How often do we escalate conflict by picking a fight?  So many arguments are over insignificant matters.  Say it aloud, "It's not that big a deal."   Drop it and move on!

Proverbs 23:4
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.
Did you spend more time in 2017 making money than building relationships?  Were you obsessed with making money and now realize a year in your life is gone and you have missed out on too many life experiences?  When it comes to priorities in life, if money is at the top of your list then your list needs some serious adjusting in 2018!

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
Mistakes made in 2017 are in the past, so don’t make them a pattern.  You did something foolish this year, don’t do it again.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Fools make the same mistakes over and over again.  Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results. 

Proverbs 10:7
The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
Another year is gone and with it another building block in the legacy you will leave behind.  What will your family and friends remember you for?  Start building a legacy of goodness in 2018.  Do something outrageously good this year, something people will talk about and be inspired by for years to come!

Proverbs 21:20
In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
Was 2017 characterized as the year of consumption - make money and spend it!  God doesn’t give us stuff so we can consume it all.  Save some.  Give some away.  See every resource you are blessed with in 2018 not just as something for you to consume, but see it as some way you can bless others!

Proverbs 13:3
He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.
There's a good chance that many of the problems you had in 2017 were because you spoke without thinking.  Think, then speak.  God gave us two ears and one mouth -- I think he was trying to tell us something!

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Delight in all the joys around you every day.  Laugh more in 2018 than you did in 2017.

Have a Happy and Wisdom Filled New Year!

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