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Proverbs 31:4

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel-not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer” - 31:4.

Leaders do not exist to serve their own needs and desires but to serve the highest priority needs of others. What's more, leaders must not be intoxicated with power or their own importance. What kind of leader are you?  What kind do you want to be?  Examples of poor leaders would be Pharaoh, Nebuchad-nezzar and Herod.  For an example of a good leader, read what Paul had to say about Timothy in Philippians 2:19-23

Proverbs 30:32

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“If you have played the fool and exalted yourself,
or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!”-30:32.

Where your job, future and promotion are involved, can you trust Him, or have you taken matters into your own hands? You can prepare for success, but your path to that success is in His hands. Can you put all that in His hands? You may want to read the words that have encouraged so many about planning for the future in Jeremiah 29:10-14.

Proverbs 29:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;

when the wicked rule, the people groan” - 29:2.

King David learned more about leadership from Saul than anyone else - he learned how not to lead. What are you learning from your leaders, both good and bad, that will shape your own leadership philosophy? Are you consciously applying it to your life, family, work and ministry?  You may want to review Paul's requirements for being an elder in Titus 1:6-9 and see how many of those traits you can incorporate into your own leadership, whether you are a parent, a corporate exec or a pastor!

Operation: Petticoat

I announced plans last week to continue raising money for The Sophia Fund (food for African orphans and widows), the Deborah Foundation (establishing children's libraries and learning centers) and a new program, Operation: Petticoat.  The latter is an effort to raise money for underwear for young ladies in Kenya, who don't have any and consequently miss school because of it.  I know it may sound simple, but this is an important issue as evidenced by two emails I received this past week:

Just read about Operation: Petticoat.  It is so true about the underwear issue.  Most of the girls here don't wear bras and the panties are tattered.  It may seem strange to you but it is a big issue and the silly things are not cheap!  So little material but the price can be restrictive to kids who have little - J.M.

John, I think Operation: Petticoat is brilliant. Lack of underwear is a huge problem for girls and women in Africa and they are very grateful for any that can be sent. It doesn't matter if it is second hand as long as it is clean. Bras are particularly appreciated because they are harder to find and much more expensive. They are also necessary for older girls to be able to play sport. Women in developed countries don't know what to do with their older bras other than throw them away, and they could make such a difference. Children's clothes are also needed. Zimbabwe winter temperatures regularly go below zero at night.  Another vital necessity, which is out of reach for all but the best paid, is sanitary towels and tampons - S.F.

I am going back to Kenya in May, so we set April 30 as our deadline to raise money to purchase underwear here and take it over there.  You may not be passionate about underwear, but the two emails above speak to the urgency of the matter. 

You can give through my website or send a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 91099, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Just let me know if your contribution is to be used for food, books or underwear and I promise to apply it where you direct me.  $70 came in last week for Operation: Petticoat and $500 yesterday for The Sophia Fund, and I am trusting the Risen Christ for a lot more!  Why not make an Easter offering this week to one of these important projects. Thank you in advance for your help. 

Proverbs 28:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;

but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding” - 28:12.

Bad leadership causes gifted people to go into hiding, taking their gifts and creativity with them. What kind of leader are you? Do you even want to be a leader?  Will people give their best for you?  How can you develop as an effective leader?  Take some time to read about Nehemiah's leadership skills and see what you can learn to get the kind of results he got in Nehemiah 6:15-16.

Proverbs 27:12

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it” - 27:12. 

Discernment is an important skill in work and life.  Knowing when to proceed and when to wait requires you to watch and listen and be ready to move quickly or not at all. Most people tend to emphasize one or the other (wait or go).  What can you do to be more prudent in your relationships and decisions? Read what David did to develop his prudence and discernment in 1 Chronicles 14:8-17

Proverbs 26:14

Daily dose of Proverbs:

“As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed” - 26:14.

What are you living for? Your next meal? Your next holiday? The weekend? Don't wish or waste your life away one day at a time. Find something that gives you energy, that you can do with enthusiasm, and stop 'sleep walking' your life away! Paul had divine energy or power when he worked (see Ephesians 3:7). How can you have this same kind of energy or power?

Proverbs 25:27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor” - 25:27.

Honor is in God's hands and He shares it with whom He wishes.  Your promotion and accolades are under His control.  So why fret when you are overlooked or passed over?  God is in control and, when the time is right, He will honor you - and God knows how to do it well.  You stay faithful and leave the rest to Him!  To reinforce this concept, read Psalm 75 and then look in Esther 6 at how God honored Mordecai who had been faithful.

Proverbs 24:1-2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:
“Do not envy wicked men,
do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble” - 24:1-2.

It matters who your friends are and with whom you spend your time.  Do you have people in your life who are helping you fulfill your purpose or people who are draining you of life and energy? Maybe it's time to reassess the company you keep (even family). Paul gave us a principle to remember in this regard in 1 Corinthians 15:33-34.

Proverbs 23:21

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“. . . for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags” - 23:21.

You have a purpose and fulfilling it should cause you to be in training, so to speak. Is your lifestyle such that you have energy to be productive, or are you addicted to food, drink, television, sleep, the Internet or dime novels?  Perhaps it is time for some changes, for if you want what you don't have, you must begin doing what you have never done. Read what Paul had to say about purposeful discipline in 1 Corinthians 9:27 and 2 Timothy 2:2-7.