Sunday, July 22, 2007

My Summer in a Verse

Carolyn is in the living room, watching some TV show about a guy who won $18 million, and then 5 years later filed for bankruptcy.

It's the saddest story ever.

The love of money can make people do crazy things. This guy was spending more than he was earning, and of course money is finite. Our greed and desire for better and better things can overcome us if we let it, and we end up worse off than we were. With $18 million, he could have lived a comfortable life for the rest of his life. He could have invested that money, saved the money, and spent it wisely.

But he didn't.

He was foolish.

I have been reading Proverbs recently, and it is really convicting me of my foolishness. One of my deepest desires is to be a wise woman, and I am realizing areas of my life that need change. I could start listing them here but I won't.

I want to be wise with my words.
I want to be wise with my relationships.
I want to be wise with my money.
I want to be wise with my time.
I want to be wise with the way I dress.
I want to be wise with my work/studying.
I want to be wise in every aspect of my life.

Proverbs 31:30 says
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

I may be the most charming, beautiful woman in the world (which is really not true haha), but if I am not fearing the Lord, then everything is in vain. I am not to be praised! Everything on the outside fades away, but it's where my heart is that remains.

If I could pick a theme for this summer, it would be wisdom, fear of the Lord, knowledge of the Holy One and understanding.

I love this verse:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10

There you go. My summer in a verse.