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Proverbs 31:9

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy” - 31:9.

A rich man's money can defend his interests, but the poor must rely on others to speak on their behalf.  What are you doing to help the poor and needy?  Is there any way you can speak out on their behalf? How can you do that more effectively? You may also want to read Galatians 2:9-11.

Proverbs 30:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Do not slander a servant to his master,
or he will curse you, and you will pay for it” - 30:10.

If you have a problem with anyone, the best, but not always easiest, way to handle it is to go to that person. Don't take your "bad report" to others or even to God, that person's "master." Is it time you stopped "slandering" someone and set up an appointment to see them?  You may also want to read Matthew 5:22-24.

Proverbs 29:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” - 29:18 (KJV).

Vision is important for an organization or an individual. What do you see yourself doing in five years? What price are you willing to pay to do it?  What things must you do to fulfill that personal vision?  Now ask yourself the same questions concerning your company or organization.You may want to look at Joseph's dreams for his future in Genesis 37:1-11

Proverbs 28:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall” - 28:18. 

You may think you aren't being observed, but you are.  God is watching, and He will either preserve you if your ways please Him, or trip you up, if your ways are not what they should be.  You can't fool God.  You may want to take a look at 2 Chronicles 16:9.

Proverbs 27:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who looks after his master will be honored” - 27:18.

It requires humility and grace to serve someone else's vision, working for them like you would for the Lord. Yet God promises honor for those who do. Where or who is your fig tree? How is your attitude as you serve? You may also want to read Colossians 3:23-25.

Proverbs 26:22

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to a man’s inmost parts” - 26:22.

It can be hard to resist gossip, whether giving or receiving, just like it's hard to pass up good food. So why not choose today to spread a good report about others, and build up their character and reputation in the eyes of someone else? You may also want to read 2 Corinthians 12:20

Proverbs 25:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear” - 25:12.

Feedback from someone is a valuable thing, not to be taken lightly. If you do not want or seek that feedback, however, it can seen as an intruder and be unwelcome.  So how can you be more open to hear and receive what will only make you more effective? You may also want to look at Psalm 141:5.

Proverbs 24:6

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“For waging war you need guidance,
and for victory many advisers” - 24:6.

You need a personal board of directors who can advise you on various aspects of your life.  These advisers can be alive and well, or role models who left a legacy after their death. Who serves on your personal board of directors?  You may also want to read Galatians 2:1-10 or Monday Memo 321.

Proverbs 23:19

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path” - 23:19.

It requires effort to maintain a pure heart on a righteous path. Solomon prayed for wisdom, but he literally prayed for a listening heart. How well do you listen to God?  How well do you listen to others? You may also want to read 1 Kings 3:7-10 and then ask for a listening heart as well.

Proverbs 22:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” - 22:1. 

What do you want your legacy to be when you are gone? If you amass wealth and prestige, you will be remembered for what you had.  If you bless as many as possible while you are here, you will be remembered for who you are. I choose the latter.  Which do you choose? You may also want to read Acts 9:34-42.