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.
To Be Bold
Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 29
Gold Nugget Verse 10:“The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his
You can’t make everybody like you. Accepting
that early on will free us from much disappointment. They say that you should
never mention politics and religion certain settings. Pointing out your position
to certain people may put you at odds with them without even knowing it. Well,
I say some things that we may be at odds about are best put right out front.
Just the same, establishing out front that they may share those positions
can be twice as productive. One of these places where religion is considered
taboo is in a job interview. So much for that concept, I can hardly wait for an
opportunity to present itself in an interview where we can talk about my faith.
My position is that of today’s “gold nugget”, “The bloodthirsty hate the
blameless, but the upright seek his well-being.” Although this verse is very descriptive, it can be
summed up as follows; People that are unjust will not appreciate the just, but
the just will be grateful and helpful to the just.
I would rather a potential
employer know just where I stand and what he can expect from me, than to avoid
the defining foundation of who I am and have it be an issue later. If they are
just, they will respond quickly to my openness and embrace our shared faith. If
they are not appreciative and respectful of this defining character, I would
just as soon know this up front as well. Those that love God will love me as a
brother. Those that love God I must and will also love as a brother or sister. This
may not fit well with many people’s belief, but it has worked well with me. I
can’t tell you what a blessing it has been allowing God to be a part of who I
am in the workplace or any other so called taboo arena. I have seen too many
coworkers and even clients and interviewers come to tears as we begin to talk about
the love of God and deep spiritual things. I have just learned to accept that
the unjust will not appreciate the just, but the just will be grateful and
helpful to the just.
Lord, help us to be as Paul requested in 1
timothy 2:8, “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy
hands, without wrath and doubting” It’s my prayer that we would be bold in our
faith and don’t fear those that will not accept us. Amen