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Proverbs 30:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"I am the most ignorant of men;
I do not have a man's understanding" - 30:2.

It is good to be realistic and know what you have, what you know and who you are by God's grace. If you don't, then you can be arrogant and rash, ignoring your limitations and weaknesses.  Do you understand God is the source of your life and success? Do you have a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses? Read what Paul wrote about this topic in Romans 12:3-8 and then be about the business of being who you are, who God made you to be.

Proverbs 29:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
will suddenly be destroyed - without remedy" - 29:1.

There are limits to God's patience. If you continually ignore His warnings about your behavior or attitude, you run the risk of humiliation. Better to humble yourself than to be humiliated! Is there any area of your life in which you have been resisting changes?  Read 1 Peter 5:5-7 and Matthew 21:44 and then get about the business of loosening up that stick neck of yours! 

Proverbs 28:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"He who rebukes a man will in the end
gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue" - 28:23.

Yesterday you saw that hidden love is no love at all. Today you see that lovingly confronting someone in the wrong can be a long-term strategy to win their favor and respect. Is it fair to say that those who love will be those who rebuke and correct because they care?  Read Ezekiel 33:1-6, which describes the need to "blow the trumpet" for those who are in spiritual danger, and then apply what you read to your life and work.

Proverbs 27:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Better is open rebuke than hidden love" - 27:5.

If love is really love, it cannot be hidden. It will act to benefit the one who is loved. You cannot say you love God but not love His people. In other words, you cannot be a loner Christian, which means you will be part of a church fellowship, where honesty may be part of the love that is expressed. What are you doing to show your love for God's people? John wrote something important about loving God and His people in 1 John 2:9-11, which you will do well to read and apply.

Proverbs 26:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool" - 26:7. 

If you don't have the character or integrity to go with your wise words, you lack moral authority. If you don't know when or how to say something, you can say right things, but they won't be effective. How influential do you want to be? Let your life be your message and your words will have added power and influence. Read Leviticus 2:13 and Colossians 4:6 and meditate on what it means to have your life and words 'salted.'

On to Bigger and Better Things in Kenya

1 Upako 1 I had a meeting today to talk to anyone interested in coming with me next March for my next missions trip to Kenya.  I briefed them on what we will do when we go and the projects that we are sponsoring.  All those projects are lumped into one particular 1 Upako 2 fundraising emphasis that I am calling The Big Blessing (TBB).  The TBB goal is to raise $22,500 for the trip, which will be distributed among several projects.

1 Upako 3 One of those projects will be for the Upako Centre led by Pastor Francis.  We gave Pastor Francis $5,000 in March when we were there, and he recently sent me a report with pictures of their results from the money.  These pictures show the dishes and mattresses that were purchased for the orphans pictured above, along with the renovations carried out to the grounds and classrooms (you can click on any picture to get a better look). Our goal is to provide Pastor Francis some money for food when we go, along with help to launch a project (yet to be determined) that will enable him to earn ongoing income for his school and orphanage. 

You can read about The Big Blessing here, along with all the past updates from my work in Kenya here.  The  1 Upako 4 TBB is by far my most ambitious goal to date, but after all, "God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV).  While it is big for me and us, it is not too big for God.

1 Upako 5 I invite you to join me in being part of The Big Blessing. You can give through my site or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882.  Be watching for more updates, as I inform you of what I am doing and plan on doing in Kenya for widows and orphans.

Proverbs 25:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" - 25:11.

What a word picture this verse paints! When you the right thing in the right setting, it's like precious metals grandly displayed. Are you a source of discouragement or encouragement for others? Your uplifting words hold tremendous riches for others. Think of some folks you can write, call or visit today to give them an encouraging word!  Read what Paul had to say about your words (among other things) in Ephesians 5:3-5 and take it to heart!

Proverbs 24:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established" - 24:3. 

Proverbs explains that wisdom is to fear the Lord and understanding is how that fear applies to daily living.  If you want to build something - a business, ministry, or family - you will do well to put God first and keep Him there, not just on Sunday but every day of the week. Take a look at what Jesus had to say about 'building' in Matthew 7:24-29 and then assess what kind of foundation you have laid for your life and work. 

Proverbs 23:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless" - 23:10.

This verse urges you to maintain integrity in the affairs of life, for God is watching. Respect others' property as your own, whether you know them or not. Especially don't take advantage of the weak or the poor for your own personal or business gain. For an example of someone who did not heed the warning in this verse, read 1 Kings 21 and see how he was punished for his theft. 

Proverbs 22:13

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The sluggard says, 'There is a lion outside!'
or 'I will be murdered in the streets!'"-22:13.

A lazy person's creativity is often channeled into excuse-making. Yet his or her laziness is often rooted in nothing more than fear. What are you afraid of that is keeping you from taking steps to achieve your dreams and purpose? What creative excuses are you offering to justify your inactivity? Read what Jesus said about excuses in Matthew 8:18-22 and then confront yours to overcome your sluggardly ways.