Work ahead and do tomorrow’s
task today, not yesterday’s.
Avoid the lazy and late man’s sorrows—
While others pay, the planner plays.
I’ve put this stanza by Whittier in an image, to preserve the spacing. It comes from his poem “The Reformer” and spoke powerfully to me this morning.
How much we have to learn! — Hard lessons
They must be, for God returns
And again to teach them. So we pray
To be good students, saved from suffering
Repeated pains, for lack of wisdom.
To grow old is a blessing from God. It has the potential to bring wisdom and prepare us better for eternity. The passage of years provides better perspective. With the decline of physical strength, God provides spiritual stamina. Praise be to the Ancient of Days for aging!
God exists. He inhabits the highest heavens. He reveals mysteries to mankind. He uses the evil of man to make his glory known to all. He blesses his people with wisdom to shine the light of truth to all nations. God is great! Praise him for his wisdom!
The path of life goes upward for the wise,
He eschews the way of evil, sin, and lies;
Where Jesus is, he seeks the things above,
For pure intent, for loyalty and love.
This path will keep the wise from going down
To death’s dark place, where men in sorrow drown;
His sight is always fixed on heaven’s heights,
The goal of faith, and source of angels’ flights.
The way where Jesus went to prepare a place,
Makes living here on earth a joy—the space
Between this earth and heaven the Lord made short:
We walk already in God’s celestial court.
The code—my own invention to remember at critical times—is an acronym: “Keep my mouth shut.” What I should do more of. I even have biblical backing for it.
The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their foolishness. Pro 12.23 NLT.
Not everybody wants to know the answer. Not everybody wants to be helped.
God is the source of all wisdom. He has made it available to the person who searches for it like silver or hidden treasure. God straightens the paths of those who acknowledge him in all their ways. He disciplines those he loves. By wisdom the Lord laid the foundation of the earth and brought salvation in his Son to the world. Obey and give glory to God!
See Proverbs 1-3.
We’re full of questions: when or why
Or how, but lacking godly trust;
He sees it all who sits on high;
If the Lord God says he will, he must. Continue reading
Lately, I’ve migrated back somewhat to
Twitter, though I’ve not left off the open-source alternatives. As I was adding a new feed today, there was no good list that it fit, so I created a new one: “ Freedom, Free Enterprise.” In the space for the description of the list, I wrote the phrase: “Use freedom wisely, spread freedom widely.” (That’s original with me, BTW; you can tell I’m proud of it.) Continue reading