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Monday, June 17, 2013

June 17 - Proverbs 25-26: Wise Leaders vs. Friendly Fools

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 25-26

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Good leadership bubbles to the top, it does not push itself up.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

These proverbs of Solomon were written down by Hezekiah:
God delights in making puzzles. Man enjoys solving them.
Good leadership separates itself from wickedness and rises honorably.
Level heads instill trustworthiness.
Words are lifesavers or hot air, depending on the source.
Friends and chocolate—moderation is the key to happy living.
Don't make deals with the Devil.
Give to your enemies.
Lack of self control creates hollow lives.
Fools deserve swift punishment—replies that set them straight without inflating their self-inflated egos.
Stay away from other people's quarrels and gossip. Beware jokers.
Enemies should not be trusted.
Evil never prospers.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Good leadership rises naturally.

The unnatural rise of a person to leadership leads to inflated egos and eventual humiliation. Good leadership, on the other hand, rises slowly through removing wickedness and a level head. Good leaders produce what they promise through patient persistence and gentle answers. Do not rush leadership development. Good leaders need time to mature.

Moderation with friends (and candy) makes for an easier life. Cheap friends (and cheap candy) make life harder.

A person too eager to please a new friend wears out their welcome quickly. Relying on others too much and not respecting their private lives/times will lead to a harder, more lonely life.
Cheap friends who gossip, cheat, and lie to get their way are not worth the pain they eventually will cause. Just like cheap candy, cheap friends will leave you feeling worse.

A fool's self-inflated ego knows no bounds. They need swift kicks in the butt to set them straight.

A fool (mentioned often in Proverbs) is a person who would not accept help even if it were offered with no strings attached. Their egos prevent any wisdom from penetrating their thick skulls. Unfortunately, they cannot go unchecked; however, the way they are held in check should not add to their grandiose self-esteem. Do not answer fools like a fool. Swift kicks in the butt (metaphorical and physical) may be the best answer they can hear.

Who are the good leaders in your life?

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