70. Show me a successful person

Proverbs 12:4

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

To be successful is to be happy with what you have. Usually successful people have someone who helps them along. I owe my success and my happiness to My beautiful wife. She has helped me to be more confident in life. She has helped ground me so that I don’t waste all my money. She has helped me by teaching me to not let others take advantage of me.

We must associate with others who generally want us to succeed. You will find that when you succeed that they will succeed. Another place I find encouragement is from: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/ . It is a daily podcast where the general topics are modern survivalism. Their slogan is “Helping you live a better life, if times get tough or even if they don’t”. Another place I receive knowledge and wisdom is from The Survival Podcast Network on Zello. You can ask just about anything and someone will have experience with it.

Have a good week.

69. Hope for humanity

Proverbs 11:9

An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Do you have a neighbor or some who lives close to you that always seems to bother you or get under your skin with their actions? It may be hard but don’t do the same to them. Whenever anyone wrongs me, in my own mind, I pray for them. I ask GOD to convict them of their ways towards me. I also pray for GOD to illuminate to me the wisdom to deal with the situation. Given time things get better. One thing you can do to deal with these types of people especially someone who lives close to you is that when you see a need go help and ask for nothing in return.

I have a neighbor who we just don’t jive. It seems they will always gladly take but give nothing in return. The other day I saw them getting a load of dirt delivered. The Dump truck got stuck. They tried to pull it out with their truck and with their tractor. It just wouldn’t budge. I happened to be mowing on my tractor which is bigger, heavier, and 4-wheel drive. I cruised on over and backed up to the dump truck and pulled it out. I didn’t stop and talk or ask for anything. I just helped.

There will be times where we are called upon by the “Most High” to help show others that there is still hope for humanity. When your heart tells you to help, then help if it is safe. Please remember your family depends on you also and it is your job to protect them.

68. Become an expert

Proverbs 10:8

The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

To be wise in heart is to put all that knowledge that is in your head into practice. If you prudently study a subject it will come natural. A prating fool is one who talks foolishly or tediously about something.

So, have you ever met an expert at something? You may ask yourself, how do they know such things? I am not sure about them but there are ways that you can become an expert in your field of work. This is to study one hour a day for every working day. If you make the time, get into the habit, and are disciplined you can become an expert in seven years they say. You can do this in a subject that you love whatever it may be. Remember you just have to work hard.

When you know what you are talking about, you will show confidence. When you don’t know what you are talking about there is a fear in the back of your mind and it shows by your body language.

Go forth today and become an expert in what you love. Remember, “Knowledge weighs nothing”.

67. Scorn not the scorner

Proverbs 9:7

He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

We shouldn’t waste all of our time on those who close their mind to knowledge. If you try and point out a wicked persons way they will make you look bad. A convinced person has justified their ways in their own mind.

To reprove someone is to reprimand them or tell them they are wrong. A scorner is someone who expresses dislike for someone or something. To rebuke someone is to express sharp disapproval of someone because of their actions. To get a blot: is shameful act or quality that damages an otherwise good character or reputation.

Don be made to look like a fool by the foolish

66. Proceed with caution

Proverbs 8:12

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

We should strive to always proceed with caution before making any big decision in our lives. It doesn’t hurt to wait and think before deciding anything. To dwell with prudence is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason. If we apply prudence to our decision making, then time will usually show if something is deceptive.

I once had bought a 4-wheeler (quad bike). Before I went in to buy it I had my mind made up that I would only pay a certain amount based on research. After dealing with the sales person at length we could not agree on my price. I said I was leaving and that if they could come down to my price then to call me. I left and within 30 minutes they called and said they could now accept the price. I saved $400 by waiting or you can look at it that I made $400 in 30 minutes.

What are some ways that you got ahead by waiting? Please share in the comments.

 

65. Don’t get derailed

Proverbs 7:4-5

Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

This could be looked at in a few different ways. The literal where it tells you to listen to the wisdom of the most high and of those who came before you and to cling to the wisdom and to not get caught up with another man’s wife.

We can also apply this wisdom to our daily lives. How many times to we set goals for ourselves and then get pulled off track by someone or something. I quit smoking a few years back and at work I had my daily smoking friends. At first, they would still come by and grab me to go for a smoke. As time went on and I still didn’t smoke they quit coming by to get me. I even would tell them, “hey come by and get me for a smoke I enjoy the conversations”. Still they eventually stopped. It seems evident now I was just someone to smoke with.

Keep your life on track. Commune with those who have your best interest at heart and who wish for you to succeed. This may be your immediate family.

 

64. Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Proverbs 6:5

Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

The beginning of Proverbs 6 hammers us to not get into debt over our heads. I have made some debt based mistakes many times in my life. When I was younger I got a credit card and went wild with it. It had a $500 limit and I spent it very quickly. Then when it came time to pay it, I couldn’t. Before you know it was $700. I finally decided I wasn’t responsible enough and cut up the card and canceled the account. I took steps to pay it off. Now that I am 20 years older I am much more careful with borrowing. It helps that I have a frugal partner in life to ground me. I still have some debt but as I can see retirement coming in 20 years are so I am adamant about paying the debt off as soon as possible. I don’t want my retirement income used up paying for things I need to live. Today’s society tells us you can have it now. Don’t fall into this trap.

63. Don’t make it easy

Proverbs 5:5

He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray

We must not look for the easy way out in life. I see it all the time today. Children are rewarded for not doing anything at all. Whenever we do something good and someone comments, “hey great job”, our brain releases a little dopamine and we get a good feeling in our bodies. If we give rewards to easily then this reward becomes expected all the time. This will continue to get worse and worse as time goes on. Before you know it you have a 30 year old do nothing living in your house. What will happen to them when you can no longer care for them? It is our job as parents and mentors to teach the young to live on after we are gone.

What are some ways you are teaching your kids to become self-reliant in the future? Please leave it in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

62. Weekend Projects

Proverbs 4:1

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Today is Saturday and it is a usual day off for most. What a good time to spend time with your family and children. You may say, “I have so many projects to do I don’t have time”. I am guilty of this myself. We must take time to teach our children. Especially so if they attend school 5 days a week outside the home. We need to know if they need to be retaught anything. I am not saying the schools are teaching them wrong. I am saying they come into contact with a lot of other people and may be exposed to other opinions that may not be true. Let them help with some projects. When working around the home stead, I let my children hand me stuff if is safe. While doing the project speak to them. My twins are 5 and are full of questions. Answer their questions as honestly as you can. If you answer their questions they will be prone to always ask you first.

What are some projects you do with young children? Please leave them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.