August 27 / Proverbs 27 / Luke 14


Proverbs 27:2

Don’t praise yourself. Let someone else do it. Let the praise come from a stranger and not your own mouth. [NCV]

Don’t sing your own praises. Let someone else do that for you.

Performing for an audience of One, you won’t feel any need to talk about how awesome you are.

It’s interesting that this proverbs tells us to let a “stranger” praise us. I wonder if its implication is that this is usually true, unbiased praise as opposed to just your mom praising you because she will no matter how awful you are at something, be it basketball, info graphics, or relating to people. Or someone who wants you to be their friend so desperately that they don’t have the cullions to be honest with you when you don’t really deserve praise for something.

Proverbs 27:3

Stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a complaining fool is worse than either.

This is so true…a person living foolishly, with no reverential awe for God, who complains about their life is about the most annoying thing in the world. It can really wear you down and be life-stealing.

Luke 14:34-35

Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! [NLT]

Unsalty salt is as pointless as a disciple who does not live as a disciple.

Are you affecting others for the kingdom of God in some way, or keeping it all to yourself?

You either live as tho Jesus is Lord of your life, or as tho YOU are lord of your life.

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