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Before any effort I undertake today, I need to seek wisdom for how to proceed.

Wisdom does not come naturally to us or we wouldn’t have to seek it.

It’s more than common sense.

Some choices are obvious in life such as making sure your car has enough gas or enough air in the tires before heading out of town.

But some choices are not so obvious. Do I stop to visit a shopping mall on the way to Grandma’s house for the night or do I stop on the way back?

Common sense might say it doesn’t matter since you’re going to stop at one time or another.

But wisdom says to stop on the way back so that precious time with feeble Grandma isn’t sacrificed due to spending several unplanned, extra hours sifting through all the sale racks at an unadvertised, 40% off sale in the mall’s stores.

Wisdom says we’ll always find deals in the future but we won’t always have time with Grandma.

It’s a principle of life that seeking wisdom before making choices is the best path.

For haven’t we all made choices that turned out to be the unwise ones because we didn’t seek the wisest course of action before we made our choice?

For the believer, there is the powerful, concise multi-tool for wise living that is found in Matthew 6:33 —

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, income) will be given unto you.”

Even God established the place of wisdom before He did anything else in Creation.

For through His wisdom, Creation was formed.

“The Lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else.” (Proverbs 8:22)

If God thought that wisdom needed to be in place before the crafting of Creation, shouldn’t we make every effort to have God’s wisdom via scripture and prayer-seeking guidance of the Holy Spirit before we make important decisions regarding family life, church life or work life?

I think so.

Whatever important decision you’re facing now at home or church or work, please take the time to seek God’s wisdom before making your choice.

Seek biblical principles and examples relating to your choice.

Seek advice from trusted, spiritually mature believers.

Pray.

Make no decision without the guidance of godly wisdom.

The regrets of not doing so are just too painful.

As always, I love you
Martin

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We all love finding money lying on the ground.

But there is something much more valuable to find.

As in something that can help to improve your relationships, your health, your career and save your soul.

And that doesn’t even count the myriad of blessings that comes to the lives of those whom you influence as they seek and find this incredible resource.

I’m talking about wisdom.

Here is Proverbs’ take on the value of wisdom:

“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 3:13-15)

Wow. That last sentence is quite a statement.

A oceanfront mansion in in south Florida or a $100 million pro sports contract or CEO job for a billion-dollar corporation… they all fall far short of the value found in a collection of words written 3,000 years ago by a guy named Solomon.

Find time today to read from your Bible. Consider the approach that I take with reading from the One-Year Bible Online.

It’s the wise choice that pays far more than you can imagine.

For you and for the people about whom you care.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: Unbelievable

It’s time for a very practical devotion.

It’s one thing to read stories about people drowning because they went fishing offshore in decrepit boats lacking life preservers and because they didn’t know how to swim.

It’s quite another to actually see people miles out in the ocean crowded in decrepit boats as they fished, with no life preservers visible on the vessels that looked older than the occupants.

Could they swim if need be?

I had no way of knowing but I sure hope so…. at least long enough for another boat in the area to attempt a rescue IF the decrepit boat’s captain had a signal alarm.

I’ve almost felt guilty in the past when I’ve cruised past by such boats while on our boat.

I’ve wondered if I should just stop and wait in case their boat starts sinking.

But I headed back and, fortunately, I read of no drowning reports the next day so that decrepit boat must have headed back as well.

I was reminded of the above experiences while reading this morning from the One-Year-Bible.

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” (Proverbs 27:12)

Please be the kind of person who carries jumper cables in your trunk, who makes sure the spare tire is inflated, who never leaves home without some cash in the wallet, who never leaves a parking lot or driveway without checking the vehicle’s fuel guage and who nevers goes boating without life preservers, adequate fuel and a two-way radio or cellphone.

Be prepared for what might happen even if you don’t expect it to.

Nothing good comes from being the person with no plans and no prayers when bad things happen.

Please make sure that your advance preparation includes prayers for God’s protection from an incident even occurring or, if danger does occur, for God’s wisdom and strength to get you through it.

As always, I love you

Martin

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King Solomon served me spiritual breakfast today.

My faith tummy is full of meat from Proverbs 25, a healthy portion that has four entrees for my soul.

Each of the four verses in Proverbs 25:11-14 is rich and relevant to our lives.

Aspire to see each one become evident in your life and you’ll be a better vessel of blessing for your corner of the world.

I certainly should appreciate these guidelines for better living.

  • “Timely advice is lovely, 
like golden apples in a silver basket.

  • “To one who listens, valid criticism
 is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.

  • “Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer.

  • “A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it 
is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.”

When the Lord sends timely advice our way, let’s appreciate its nourishing value rather than resent someone for thinking we need help.

When truthful advice stings a bit, let’s view the discomfort as something that can prod us to make our lives more valuable and more beautiful.

When our employer can count on our integrity, it is a blessing that renews his or her zeal for the business, something that often leads to more blessing for all employees.

And when we remember to give anniversary gifts or birthday gifts or Christmas gifts or gifts pledged for other reasons, we bring refreshment to our relationships.

Let’s look for opportunities to wisely conduct ourselves with each of the above.

We’ll become more like the person God wants us to be and more people will experience His goodness flowing through us.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Like father, like son.

King David was wise.

His son, King Solomon, was even wiser.

Both knew that their wisdom flowed from the wisest of all, Jehovah.

Here are glimpses of that divinely gifted wisdom from each:

From David:

“For the righteous Lord loves justice. The virtuous will see his face.” (Psalm 11:7)

From Solomon:

“Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” (Proverbs 19:11)

Be virtuous at all times to always have confidence of seeing God in heaven.

Don’t let anger rule you but instead be an ambassador of grace.

These are great lessons that can only help us to become more like Jesus.

And that’s always the wisest path.

As always, I love you
Martin

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It was a wonderful time.

But quite exhausting.

I’m talking about our road trip to see family and friends in three different states.

Check out my Facebook posts and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m way behind in sleep.

But I’d gladly make the same trip again in return for stockpiling good memories with loved ones.

Many of you have the same philosophy when it comes to road trips.

Of course, I’ll be playing catch-up for several days and time is short on this Monday. But I still want to let you know I’m back at it with the Morning Devotion, despite this being more of the Afternoon Devotion variety.

I want to share one portion of a passage from today’s reading in the One-Year Bible Online.

“People who cherish understanding will prosper.” (Proverbs 19:8)

You and I want to prosper.

Financially. Spiritually. Emotionally. Physically.

Having the right understanding of finances, of faith, of the heart and of the flesh will carry us to better lives in each of those areas.

Life won’t be perfect on this side of heaven. But it will be better than it might be otherwise if we’ll pray for wisdom and strive for more learning.

I’ve got to do a better job of reading and praying about finances, faith, the heart and the flesh.

I’m very glad that God promises that greater prosperity awaits me as I do so.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Solomon refined me today.

I need to improve.

More thought.

Less talk.

Here’s why:

“A truly wise person uses few words.” (Proverbs 17:27)

‘Nuff said.

As always, I love you
Martin

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