Today’s take away — Proverbs 13

Read it on!

I was always taught to mine the Bible for little nuggets of truth. Not to take something from a pastor or teacher at face value, but instead, to go and find it myself. Here’s today’s take from my digging.

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1. Look for instruction & correction.

Discipline is both receiving correction and being able to focus on the task at hand. Both versions of the word mean that you must listen to those who are older and wiser than you are. Look for & accept their correction, teaching, and instruction.

2. Shut up.

Seriously, shut your mouth. A wise person does not ramble on and on. They don’t wear their feelings on their sleeve and they do not gossip. Shut up. Listen. Have discipline and control over your mouth. Think before you speak so that when you do speak you are not wasting your time and everyone else’s time.

3. Live with-in your means.

It is better to look poor and have money than to look rich and have no money. Rich is a moving target and you’ll never hit it. Don’t waste your time trying to impress people you don’t know and don’t care about. Instead, put in the hustle to build your wealth in a wise manner and over time. You’ll be less apt to waste it all and you can leave an inheritance to your grandkids. That’s the kind of thing that can start a legacy. That legacy starts with hard work and living within your means.

Here are some things that have helped me with money / hustle / smart living:

4. Correct your kids.

It’s good to discipline your kids. In the same way that looking for discipline and correction helps you, it helps your kids. So be sure to correct them. Kids are little drama monsters, so they will hate it at first. But as they grow they are going to see that you’re helping them along the right path. If you do not correct your kids, and you let them do as they please, you don’t love them.

Parenting is hard. Here are some good resources:

  • The Connected Child My wife swears by this book.
  • TBRI While this is designed for kids from hard places it works great with well connected and attached children. The Connected Child is a TBRI book.