Scripture of the Day – Proverbs 15: 13

Proverbs Chapter 15 offers us;

A soft answer turns away wrath – A wise son makes a glad father – The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord – Before honor comes humility.

Proverbs 15: 13 ~ A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

So…basically, the proverbial “Don’t worry, be happy.” We can all thank Bobby McFerrin for that….oh, yeah – and Solomon too I suppose.

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I haven’t always been the most positive guy out there, and for good reason at times. I’ve grown up with, and still go through bouts of ridicule from time to time. Now, I’m probably the most positive person you know…to a fault. I used to hear about being short, fat, quiet, ‘oh you smoke too much’, ‘oh you drink too much’…and now it’s ‘what, you don’t drink at all’ or ‘you go to THAT church’. Now, I am aware of myself and my surroundings. These things used to lead to depression, but now they lead me to thinking “I wonder what’s happening in this person’s life? Why are they acting this way?” We can choose to be happy, we just have to be aware of what is going on around us. The only thing we have total control over is ourselves. It’s very, very hard at times, but it is doable.

2 thoughts on “Scripture of the Day – Proverbs 15: 13

  1. Brother Jon,
    First off, thanks for the mention. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and reflect on it in your own way. I think it’s cool when people can come together with a common theme, rather than by category.

    I do a real shit job sometimes of gathering my thoughts before I act, and that’s what led me to the concept of Awareness. Osho wrote a lot about it – the guy’s pretty good if you’re ever interested.

    But holding on to stress, thoughts and feelings, emotions – all that stuff compresses inside, and I seriously believe that that’s where disease stems from – the brain. That’s what I like about meditation, or better, just being mindful throughout the day. It sounds so corny, I know, but we attach ourselves to all of those things when they’re really just supposed to be transient energies.

    I’m starting to sound like a guru here…I’m not trying to…

    For me, meditation, or simply listening to the sound of quiet, without any distractions, completely detaches me from all those things. Your thoughts, feelings, and emotions don’t identify you as a being. That’s the key.


    1. Yeah, no problem. I’ll have to check Osho out. I read this, and your post to the Missionaries and they really enjoyed it. I think they, and I liked it so much because it sounds very similar to part of what we believe in…we just happen to call it something different.

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