30 Sterling Principles

22 Sep

as found in Proverbs 22:22 –24:22

Listen carefully to my wisdom;

take to heart what I can teach you.

You’ll treasure its sweetness deep within;

you’ll give it bold expression in your speech.

To make sure your foundation is trust in God,

I’m laying it all out right now just for you.

I’m giving you thirty sterling principles—

tested guidelines to live by.

Believe me—these are truths that work,

and will keep you accountable to those who sent you.

 

“Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves.  It has virtually nothing to do with information as such, with knowledge as such.  A college degree is no certification of wisdom—nor is it primarily concerned with keeping us out of moral mud puddles, although it does have a profound moral effect upon us.

Wisdom has to do with becoming skillful in honoring our parents and raising our children, handling our money and conducting our sexual lives, going to work and exercising leadership, using words well and treating friends kindly, eating and drinking healthily, cultivation emotions within ourselves and attitudes toward others that make for peace.  Threaded through all these items is the insistence that the way we think of and respond to God is the most practical thing we do.  In matters of everyday practicality, nothing, absolutely nothing, takes precedence over God.”

Thanks to Eugene H. Peterson for these words of explanation.  He is the author who spent a good many years putting the words of the Bible into contemporary language into the volume called “The Message.”   These sterling principles might be called the condensed version of the book of Proverbs and Solomon’s mighty wisdom.

My next 30 posts will be based on these sterling principles as I search for how I can apply them to my life today.  I invite you to join me on this journey.

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