For the past month, I have been on a mission to lose weight.
Amazingly, putting down the fork and picking up an exercise regime bears fruit – who’d have thunk it?
Sometimes we want less of something – sometimes less is good.
I want to weigh less. I want less stress. I wish there were less boy bands, less reality shows, and less references to Snooki in the media.
Often, less is good – great, in fact.
But sometimes less is not good.
For instance, I have never heard anyone express a desire to have less wisdom.
I have never heard someone say, “My life would be so much better if I were less wise.” Or, “Man, I wish I would stop making all these great decisions born of all this extra wisdom I have.”
You will never hear someone say this, because it is never good to have less wisdom – even the unwise understand this.
Obviously, wisdom, properly understood, is something all of us desire more of. Wisdom is one of those things you can never have too much of.
To that end, I’ve been studying the book of Proverbs for the past several weeks, and have developed some material those of you desiring more wisdom might be interested in.
I have taken the book of Proverbs in its entirety, studied each verse, and arranged the book as a whole thematically.
What that means is I have broken each verse of Proverbs into over thirty different categories of teaching on topics ranging from accepting correction to generosity to money management to planning to parenting and much more.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will share each category of verses in one post to be followed up by another containing a reflection on the theme.
I will index each post on a new page entitled “Proverbs Project” on this website (that will be accessible from the menu bar) that will easily allow readers to see what Proverbs says on any major theme found within.
I have found this to be a very fruitful study, and believe this material will benefit anyone seeking wisdom from God. It will also be beneficial to teachers or preachers preparing to speak on a subject or theme Proverbs deals heavily with.
Stay tuned to The Overflow – my first post in this series will come later today.
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Well, if I understand you correctly, you’re doing what your brother, sisters, dad and I did as a family project in 1975 (before you made your appearance). We, even 6-yr-old Alicia w/ help, read through Proverbs. As we read about the persons mentioned in that day’s chapter -such as a fool, wise man, father, etc. – we listed each different person on a separate page in a notebook. Then as we continued our way through the book, we wrote out whatever we found said of that person, w/ chapter/verse reference. Wonderful study, which influenced our family greatly – even today I hope!
I vaguely remember your telling me about that one time – I guess you planted this idea in my subconscious.