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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6 -- Proverbs Chapter 6!

We are catching up today!  Feel free to keep the thoughts and move at your own pace!

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,  a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. -- Proverbs 6:16 - 19

These Proverbs are really hitting me between the eyes.  How about you? 

The very beginning of the chapter has to do with borrowing or making promises you can't keep.  In this debt-ridden world -- it would be good to take Proverbs advice and avoid getting trapped!

For your children, I suggest you focus on the industrious little ant:

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! Proverbs 6:6

This verse teaches us to work hard and not be lazy.  Explain to your children that is what "sluggard" means.

Take a field trip today and go look at an ant hill.  See if you can catch the little guys in the act of carrying big things.  Explain that they are good workers and follow instructions.  God is happy when we do this, also!

Proverbs 6 talks a lot about laziness and the ruin it can bring.  I find it very interesting that the chapter begins with avoiding debt and continues to show how laziness affects us:

How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—  and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:9-11)

God does not want us to be workaholics, but He does make a good point about using your time well.

The kids may also want to pretend they "wake up" and do their chores.  Chores are important for children.  Be sure they matter how small.

The end of Proverbs 6 talks about adultery again (God must have been watching our TVs and Movies)  We don't get this stuff straight and it is destroying the fabric of our families.

Are you, as a parent, equipping your child to avoid these dangers? Be sure to talk to them about being discerning about what they watch, read and do.  Keep them busy, so they do not use idle time to destroy.

Proverbs is hitting close to home today and I am glad to have the reminders.  See you on the 7th!

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