Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 12

Gold Nugget
Verse 11: 
He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.

I remember once having a flat screen tv that went out on me. I planned on replacing it, but waited and waited. There was a day when I would have forced it in early. By that I mean, before I could really afford it. I would get what I wanted now and just accept the struggle that would soon follow and figure it would be worth it. Actually, it is worth it… for the first day, but when the struggle comes, the reality of my “frivolous” action reminds me (too late) that I wasn’t ready. Today’s “gold nugget” speaks on this issue, “He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.” Although having a flat screen is an acceptable luxury, there should be many other things ahead of it in line. Things like, my children’s wants and needs. I knew I would probably get a new TV in the not too distant future, but it wasn't a priority for me at that time. The old box TV worked fine. The word used in today’s “gold nugget” (frivolity) means what it sounds like – “frivolous”.   By definition, “not having any serious purpose or value”. Although we can see the financial aspect of this character deficiency, it goes far beyond just the monetary applications. Many of us put things that “have no serious purpose or value” as a priority in our lives. I really enjoy watching football. (especially on a flat screen), but I’m not going to let it take any more time from me than is appropriate. I’m not looking at the preacher , wishing he would hurry up so I can get to the game before I miss something. That is frivolous! Let us allow the value of more productive and  meaningful agendas replace those of little value and we'll be better equipped to serve in His Kingdom!

Lord, not everything that I put in my mind and hands have purpose or value. Help me to allow your spirit to re organize and replace my priorities with yours. Amen

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