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88. Dont accost the consummate about their epigone

Proverbs 30:10

Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

We must be careful when making accusations of actions of those who are held in high esteem. You must be 100% sure if you are going to do so. Remember it could ruin a relationship especially if it is one of their children.

When I was a child and had done something wrong my parents new about it long before I even got home. People looked out for each other and each other’s children. Today if you see someone’s child do something wrong and you tell their parents you may be found guilty, by them, of just not liking their child. When someone accuses my child of something I try not to go into defensive mode. I find out the facts. I think back is it something I may have done and not gotten caught when I was a child. I thank them for letting me know and tell them I will handle it.

Before making accusations ask yourself, “Is this worth ruining a relationship”. We must be 100% for sure that what we saw is 100% true. Remember to “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear”.

“Accusations fit on a bumper sticker; the truth takes longer.”
Michael Haden

87. Anger is a tool of deception

Proverbs 29:8

Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

Wow if this proverb doesn’t speak of how the media manipulates the world today into anger I do not know what does. There is so much anger in this world today. I find myself getting angry today especially when I pay taxes. By all statistics we live in a much better world today then has ever existed outside of the garden of Eden. There is much less suffering then there has ever been. Then why is everyone angry? Well people want us this way, so we will be distracted from things that will change the temperature of the water in your pool so to speak. When your angry about the NFL players standing or not standing or acting like fools in public then you don’t care about things like politicians giving themselves raises. It almost as if they get a free pass. You may say well they had a surplus. It is common among other areas to make that much. What you are not thinking about is, the next housing market down turn and your property values go down. There may be a short fall in tax revenue coming in. They will have to raise tax rates. Then the market will recover, and your property value will go back up and you will pay more in taxes. Do you think they will lower the tax rate?

Watch out for the things in the public area’s that make you angry. Be very careful of the scorn that the media entices in you. Pay attention to what the ones who think they are gods (gooberment officials) are doing with the free pass that your anger is giving them.

Rant over.

86. Is it good or bad

Proverbs 28:10

Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

Before I write these daily wisdom post and before I record the Sunday 7 Sermon I pray for guidance and wisdom so that I don’t lead people astray. When writing about spiritual or religious things people can get offended very easy. When I get an opposing or angry reply I am very careful on how I reply and often pray for guidance to reply to the anger or opposing view.

Proverbs 28:10 tells us that we shouldn’t lead people astray. This could be in selling an inferior product claiming it is just as good. Lying and saying something is organic when it isn’t. Bending the truth to make it seem write.

There also others who have been made people to think things are bad when they are not.  Like when you do your taxes. I have a small side hustle of cattle. We raise the cattle for beef and its end means is meant for human consumption. It is by right a small business. The law allows us to right off things that helped us to make the money as an expense. People think that you are stealing from the “gooberment” when doing this. It is what businesses do every day. I must explain to them that you must spend the money to be able to write it off. You just don’t get free money back.

There are good things that society makes us think are bad. There are bad things that society has made us think are good. If you feel so inclined leave some examples in the comments. I’d love to hear from the family sometimes.

85. Misery loves company

Proverbs 27:7

“The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.”

Have you ever had to someone that is hateful to you for no reason? I have. When I was younger and dealing with difficult people my mother use to always tell me that, “misery loves company”. This means that people who are not happy with their lives want everyone else around them to be miserable also. They will usually go after people who are successful.

If you appear successful and people start to bad mouth you, it may mean that they are jealous of you. Don’t let them get you down.

Try not to pay attention to those who will try to make life miserable for you. There will be a lot of those – in the official capacity as well as the self-appointed.
Joseph Brodsky

84. Strike out strife

Proverbs 26:20

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth..”

We need to remove strife from our life. We have all met someone who we cringe when we see them coming. We know we will get an earful of malarkey. We have to deal with these people in our lives from time to time especially if we are in an occupation where we deal directly with customers. There are ways to deal with these people. The best way I have found is to start with a smile and make a positive statement about them right from the start. This may not always work but it may. If they are the complainer type, they may stay away from you on their own.

We have the ability to make our circumstances more bearable. We can influence others by being positive.

“Always set an example.  Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because YOU are.  And do your best to be thankful for rude and difficult people too – they serve as great reminders of how not to be.” – Unkown

83. Know when to stop

Proverbs 25:16

“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.”

Much of this week’s post have had to do with starting your future now. There comes a time when we must stop for a minute and reflect on where we are going and where we want to end up. We don’t need to take on too much at once. We don’t want to become overwhelmed in what we like doing. We have to have a balance in life especially if we have a family who depends on us financially and emotionally. Yes, the more we take on, the more we can profit financially. What about the emotional losses that can come from taking on too much. Find time to rest. Find time to speak to your family. Most of all find time for yourself. Don’t get burned out.

“Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.”

Dalai Lama

82. Stop dreaming and do it!

Proverbs 24:27

“Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.”

I used to play the lottery from time to time, especially when it got to a high number. Oh, how I would run through my mind the things I would do with the money. I would give to the church. I would give to charity. I would buy land. I would retire at a young age. I would make the world better. I would do the same thing when I would think of an invention or service I could provide. I was dreaming. It is ok to ponder these things from time to time. Some refer to it as mental masturbation.

If we want to succeed in what we dream of we must try. We can’t express dreams to others and expect them to do it for us. It is nice to get confirmation from others that it is a good idea before we proceed. If you ask others to help you they may say, “yes I want to be part of it”. You can’t hand your idea over to them and keep dreaming. They won’t have the same enthusiasm as you.

If you have an idea then get confirmation from peers, it is good. Get help if you need it. If it is going to succeed, then you must be the one doing most of the work.

“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Ray Kroc

81. Don’t be sold into slavery

Proverbs 23:4

“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.”

Our goals in life should be enough to sustain us and our immediate families with just enough left over to give to those in need. In the world today, we are all taught to think we have to have it now. When you go to buy clothes or even on amazon they bombard you with marketing for credit cards. If you apply for our credit card we will give you 50% off and so forth on this purchase. They want to trick you into getting into debt so they can chain you to it. They want you to pay interest on what you can’t wait for. Your money should be a slave to you. You shouldn’t be a slave to other people’s money.

“Debt is the slavery of the free”

Publilius Syrus

80. Fail Forward

Proverbs 22:13

“The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.”

I once knew a person who was quite the handy man and knew how to do just about everything around the house. If you had a question about anything whether it be structural, electrical, or plumbing related he could help. Our group always encouraged them to start his own business. They never would do it, finding every excuse to not start. All the signs where lining up for them to do it.

Don’t be like this person. You should at least try. The Most High will put things in your life to direct you in the path in which you should go. A preacher I listen to once said the following, “If GOD wants you to be a barber and you are a preacher then, you will be the most miserable preacher around until you start cutting hair”.

If there is something you enjoy doing and you are good at it. If everyone that cares about you is telling you  should at least try it on the side and has said they would use you from time to time. If everything around you is pointing you in that direction. If you would be happy doing it. Then you should to try. The time is now don’t delay.

“Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.”

John C. Maxell