Happy week before Thanksgiving! Today I’ll be making my grocery list for our Thanksgiving Day menu. Then tomorrow I plan to get to the store early while it’s (hopefully) not too crowded and stock up on the items we need.
Have you ever worked your way through Proverbs by reading the chapter that corresponds with the date? I’ve done that at different times in the past, and am currently doing it again.
When I noticed that I’d journaled several thoughts from my reading yesterday, I decided to share them here on the blog. Proverbs is packed full of life lessons, so here are five I found in chapter 15.
1. Pray often because God delights in your prayers.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. ~Verse 8
Wow, think about that for a bit. God delights in our prayers. He takes pleasure in our talking with him, in hearing our praise as well as our needs and concerns.
2. Be slow to get angry.
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. ~Verse 18
Easier said than done, yes?! But as we exercise self-control over our temper, we’ll avoid unnecessary arguments and bring calm to what could become heated situations.
3. Get wise counsel before making decisions.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established. ~Verse 22
If we want to succeed in various areas of our lives, we’ll seek advice from wise people. It’s important that we don’t just look for those who will validate what we want, but those who will be honest in giving their advice.
4. Be teachable.
He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. ~Verse 32
If we think we know it all and refuse to listen when someone tries to correct us, we’ll never grow and improve ourselves. As a perfectionist, I can have a hard time accepting correction. Yet my attitude should be one of humility and a willingness to learn from my mistakes.
5. Embrace humility.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility. ~Verse 33
Speaking of humility…I started something new this week, and if there’s ever a time when you can expect to be humbled, it’s when you don’t really know what you’re doing!
As we’re willing to die to self, yielding to God and serving others, we can receive God’s blessing on our lives and allow him to honor us in a way that brings him glory.
As I read back through these life lessons, I realize that they’re pretty much encompassed in the fruit of the Spirit. [Galatians 5:22-23] Let’s submit ourselves to the Holy Spirit and ask him to help us live out these lessons on a daily basis!