I Want To Be Wise!

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Proverbs 10: 19

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable. But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Wow. I love this verse.  Many words equals an unavoidable transgression but he who restrains his lips is wise.

I want to be wise.

It may not be the only thing we need to do become more wise, but it’s a good start. Thanks to social media, there’s way too many words out there in the universe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll read something on social media and my first response will be to write something that won’t be so kind or useful. I’ll even write the post, but most of the time, I’ll delete it before I actually post it.

The times I don’t I usually wish I had.

For some reason we think we have to tell the world how to live, what’s right and wrong, how to feel or not feel. The list can go on and on. But a better choice is to restrain or lips–and our fingers!

God Bless & Good Reading!

SUNDAY DEVOTIONS!

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For the past few years, I’ve had a devotional blog. But I’m taking a break from that for the time being. Instead, I’m going to add devotions to this blog–probably on Sundays but I might actually post them on Saturday sometimes. After all, we seem to have an extra minute or so on Saturdays. We’ll just have to see how it works out.  I hope you enjoy this one!

 

SEEKING GOOD!

1 Corinthians 10: 24

Nobody should seek his own good but the good of others.

Me! Me! Me! It’s all about me! We’ve become a self-absorbed society. I don’t think many of us could deny that fact, but our life shouldn’t just be about us and what we want!  The Bible tells us to seek good for others. Wow–what a novel concept!

As a writer, this verse convicts me. After all marketing our books and ourselves is as much a part of being a writer as writing stories. And in fact, I think I have an obligation to my publisher to do this as much as possible to the best of my ability. (Even if I don’t like it!)

So, how do we reconcile this Bible verse with the reality of marketing?

For me, it’s about giving back to the writing community that I’m a part of. I do that in a few different ways. First, I give other writers the opportunity to be a guest on my blog. When the opportunity comes up, I also share their information with my circle of  “friends.” I give advice when I think I can add something to the discussion along with encouragement.

In my “other” life, I have to admit I need to improve in this area. I’ve been struggling with serious health issues for more than two years. Believe me when I say there’s nothing like a serious illness to make us selfish. Notice I say us–I certainly include myself in that statement. And in truth, when a serious health issue arrives we do need to focus on ourselves.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t seek good for others as well.

So, with the above verse in mind, I’m issuing a challenge. Find a way this week to do good for someone else and expect nothing back–not even a thank you. Or better yet, do something good for someone anonymously! How about it? Are you up for the challenge?

Once you’ve done it, come back and share your act of goodness with my readers and myself in the comment section. I’ll share mine after I’ve done it as well! Have a blessed week!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!