January 12 / Proverbs 12 / Matthew 12

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Proverbs 12:3

The root of the righteous will never be moved.

Joy in all circumstances is one of the things Jesus brought to us, I believe, if only we acknowledge it. Embracing the Father in each moment is joy. Abandonment to God for all outcomes, trusting all will be well in the end.The opposite is a discontented distancing from each present moment. It reminds me of Yoda’s rebuke of Luke:

“Never his mind on where he was! What he was doing!”

Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up.

Again we see the importance and goodness of encouraging someone daily.

Matthew 12:11-12,29,33

The brilliance of Jesus speaking in metaphors.

Again and again I hear of scientific studies proving Him as true and all knowing of the human heart. We tend to┬álearn more, it has been shown, from indirect metaphorical communication than direct truths thrown at them. Go figure. We learn much more thru stories and “success modeling” as my friend Rex puts it. And as has been said with raising children and teaching others: truth is absorbed from being caught more than taught. Your offspring tend to do more what you do than what you say. Hopefully those two are one and the same.

If you want to pass something along to others effectively, tell stories and model what you teach.

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