This web site is focused on gleaning a "gold nugget" from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the current day of the month. The idea was first proposed to me years ago. After trying it, I found myself seeing the scenarios described in proverbs in my daily living. The option for making wiser decisions was becoming more apparent. The Book of Wisdom has lived up to its billing. Proverbs should not be the entirety of your bible reading, but it can be a valuable part of your daily discipline.
Out of the Fight
for Today: Proverb Chapter 20
Gold Nugget Verse 3:“It ishonorable for a man to stop
striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.” Commentary
care who started it, I’m about to finish it!” Many of us have heard this from
our parents growing up - and many of us have continued the tradition of this
saying with our children. Putting an end to a quarrel is often unachievable
by those doing the actual fighting. Growing up, we needed an outside intervention to
stop our fights. Those of us that never learned any different, often still
require an outside intervention to stop a fight. Ask a police officer or judge
and they will attest that many times they have had to “finish it for them”. My
grandmother used to say, “It takes two to tango”. I had an issue with that
claim until I got old enough to see the truth. Although one party may be
absolutely wrong and the other absolutely right, it still takes two participants
in the ring to have a fight.
It takes true discipline for someone to suffer their pride, give up their ground and turn from a fight.
This discipline did not come stock in the Steve Vaughn edition. It is in
my nature to hold my ground, make an argument and not be defeated. That being
said, I have learned some and am still learning, that not all fights are worth
the reward. If you attack my children, there’s more fight in me than you have
to give, but not everything is worthy of such a retaliation. Sometimes a
victory by one side is still a loss for both.
today I take my dogs out of the fight. It is in my nature to stay in the fight,
but even in victory; both sides would surely lose. I receive the strength from
you that enables me to do what I am not capable of doing. I pull myself out of
the ring. The battle is yours. Amen