Thoughts…

 Finishing is what matters in Gods economy!
 
The end of the chapter of Proverbs 24 deals with the ways of the slothful. The writer says he sees a place broken down, covered in weeds and unfinished. Most of us have witnessed the very same thing in hundreds of areas. Things started that were never finished. Starting something is not near as important as finishing it. Some people are incredible at vision and creativity; they are great starters, but not always good finishers. If we were running a relay, than there is safety in being a starter. But if the thing requires both starting and finishing then we could be in trouble. Solomon stated he received instruction when he looked at the half finished wall. Proverbs 24:33 says a little sleep….a little folding of the hands. Things that are subtle, small, insignificant, not really important…..seemingly minor yet major!

                   Finishing is what matters in Gods economy!

 That is with the assumption that we have started this lifelong building project with Jesus. Jesus is said to be our author and FINISHER of our faith. If he has started this with you and I, then He has every intention of finishing this in us. But we have to participate in the building! How much are we giving Jesus to work with?

 

FRIENDSHIPS

Thought: What qualities of a friend do we find most valuable? One statistic said if a man has one real good friend in a lifetime, he is blessed. We are social creatures craving to be liked and valued. Psalms chimes in and says in order to have friends we must show ourselves friendly. In today’s social media, a friend is one who signs on to our media account. But real friends are a gift from God. They are discrete, forgiving, attentive and available. Real friends will tell us when we are flaking, insensitive and even go so far to tell us we could be wrong. Often our response is to trade them in for someone less intrusive. But a true friend doesn’t get offended easily. Patience is a virtue because time will often reveal the end of a matter. If our friend is right, then we have two options. One is thank them for their insight and concern or dispose of them like a commodity that is more precious than gold. If you have such a friend, count yourself fortunate. What you do have is a friend in Jesus. He is not partial but loving and straight. He doesn’t play head games, or play favorites. He is said to stick closer than a brother. Abraham was a friend of God’s. That position is available if we make room for Jesus to be that one true friend. But true friendship is said to be a two way street….right?
 
ALTRUISTIC
Thought:   Altruistic is said to be unselfish, compassionate, kind, public-spirited, selfless, benevolent, philanthropic, beneficent, humanitarian, bounteous. Clearly anyone possessing these traits would be highly valued in any arena. Yet there is so much publicity of those that cheat, steal, lie and kill. Where would any of us be if there were not those who practice a spirit of compassion. Most of us can immediately put our finger on someone who exercised kindness and benevolence toward us. We seldom realize the impact of a smile, a helping hand, some charitable act of kindness or sacrifice.             
                                                                                 

Luke 6:35  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.                                                                                     Jesus always puts things in proper perspective!  If Luk 6:35  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

 Jesus has been good to us, shouldn’t we be good to all others? No one will probably notice our heartfelt deeds of kindness, but Jesus never misses a thing and rewards us for it.

 
WISDOM
Thought:  Proverbs 4:7 states “Wisdom is the principal thing…..” The phrase; principal thing means…. the first in place, time, order or rank, as well as meaning…. beginnings and or chief. According to most Christians, there are many principal subject matters, faith, love, sacrifice, obedience and on and on. But in God’s word He says the principal thing is wisdom.  God also tells us that if we lack wisdom to ask Him for it and He will give wisdom liberally (a lot) James 1:5. God puts this much emphasis on wisdom and he dishes it out generously if we ask. Is it possible we could be missing out on something incredible, just because we simply failed to ask.