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    Proverbs 26:4-5 – How To Communicate With a Fool

    Do not answer [nor pretend to agree with the frivolous comments of] a [closed-minded] fool according to his folly, Otherwise you, even you, will be like him. Answer [and correct the erroneous concepts of] a fool according to his folly, Otherwise he will be wise in his own eyes [if he thinks you agree with him].

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    If we come across a situation where it is required that we respond to a fool, this proverb teaches us communication wisdom. First thing, we should not answer (or agree) with a fool and his foolishness. After that, we are instructed that if we do choose to respond, we are to answer a fool with wisdom and correct their mistaken foolishness. The difficult part is to discern when it’s important to correct the fool. Conversely, in most cases and with most people it’s better to correct in private. I believe making that choice and responding with wisdom and love to a fool will require the Holy Spirit. The core wisdom here is that we need help from God to communicate at our best.

    Action Idea

    Don’t take the easy path and respond with emotion and foolishness when talking with a fool. Instead, ask God for an increase in wisdom and for Him to help you through situations where you come across foolish people. Remember, sometimes the wisest thing you can do when responding to a fool is not say anything, especially if you are not led be the Spirit and confident in what you’re going to be saying.

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    Proverbs 25:25 – Wisdom of Writing a Letter

    Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a distant land.

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    Good news from a distant land can come in many forms but my personal favorite is receiving a long form letter from a loved one. We all have a deep need for good news. I was just reminded about the story of Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well where she asked Him about living water. In John 4:13-14, Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”. What’s better than cold water when we are thirsty… never being thirsty again! 

    Action Idea

    First things first… receive the living water Jesus gives to us all. Just because someone gives you something doesn’t mean you have to receive it. It’s your choice to receive it or not. Receiving Jesus is the wisest and best choice you could ever make in all of eternity. Additionally, write to someone you feel led to write a long-form letter sharing some good news. If you’re not sure who that is ask Holy Spirit to help you. He will give you the direction, you just have to listen for His response. Once you sense it, don’t question it… hear and then obey. It’s going to be refreshing for both of you. 

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    Proverbs 24:27 – Wise Investment Prioritization

    Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; afterward build your house and establish a home.

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    This proverb is all about prioritization of getting your financial life in proper order before you invest money towards the comforts of a home or other large purchases. I remember two situations where I didn’t follow this wisdom and it made a bad situation even worse because I prioritized incorrectly. The principle of delayed gratification is important to apply here. The principle of delayed gratification means it’s better in most situations to delay the immediate reward for a greater and more fulfilling reward later.

    Action Idea

    Start practicing the principle of delayed gratification in your life. Save up 3 to 6 months of income. Give away 10% of your income to your church. Build up a diverse investment portfolio. Be outrageously generous with the money you earn. Establish a great home and live a great life.