Still on the mixture of themes in these adages…. looking again at how we fit into society (and how right living really does make a difference to our society) and what really matters in life. Today’s thoughts come from Proverbs 11:

“A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.” (Prov 11:4)

“Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.” (Prov 11:14)

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” (Prov 11:22)

“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Prov 11:25)

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he who wins souls is wise.” (Prov 11:30)

The general tenor of this chapter seems to be that how we live has a direct impact first of all on our own life and then ripples out to affect others. We can’t afford to build our lives on faulty foundations (such as wealth or fame) and need to be aware that we don’t have all the answers ourselves, so it helps to have wise counsel to follow as well as to give. Generosity and discretion are also highly prized. We need good direction to make our way in life and we also need to live according to God’s ways if we are to help others as well as ourselves. As we were reminded on Sunday, we have to have that spring of water welling up within ourselves before it can overflow and reach others.