Role Model

“A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh, but passion makes the bones rot.”

Proverbs is more that just a huge collection of Henny Youngman one-liners. Read chapters 14-18 not so much for the punch lines but for the picture of a wise human–a role model, if you will.

Here is a person whose spirit is well grounded and runs deep. Who is not tossed from emotion to emotion, unstable, and foolish. Whose words are soft and thoughtful. Who is, in a word, tranquil.

We pick up in chapter 16, “One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty.”

Have you ever hung out with a friend whose anger is quick, hot, and ready to explode? Life can be interesting and also harrowing.

We read in chapter 18, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinions.”

Just when did Solomon live? Was it 3,000 years ago or this year? How did he know what would pass for conversation and social media posts in the year 2018?

Christianity has brought many, many improvements to civilization, but the heart of a human is still the same as 3,000, or even 4,000 years ago. Ancient wisdom is as modern as if written today. That is one reason why the wise study it and make it a part of them.

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