Recognizing the Real Rubies

For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her (Proverbs 8:11).

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We have to learn to recognize what is truly valuable.

When I was a little kid, if you had given me the choice of a shiny glass bauble and a ruby in the rough, I might have picked the glass. Unless the ruby looked like a good stone to shoot from my slingshot!

We have to learn what is truly valuable.

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Taking It to Heart

Tie them [these teachings in Proverbs] on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart (Proverbs 7:3, New Living Translation).

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Tying a string around your finger is just the first step in remembering...

Some people tape scriptures they want to remember to their door or their mirror. Some sign up to get a scripture a day by e-mail (hint, hint!).

But of course the ultimate goal is to write God’s words somewhere else—somewhere much deeper where they will direct our thoughts and attitudes:

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Hebrews 8:10).

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Learning From the Little Ant

Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest (Proverbs 6:6-8).

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Consider the ant!

Did you have any little visitors at a July 4th picnic or other summer outing? Ants can be diligent and persistent little creatures! In the long run it’s smarter to learn from them than to raise your blood pressure yelling at them.

This biblical work ethic is taught in both the Old and New Testaments (check out Ecclesiastes 9:10 and 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12). And it applies to our physical labors as well as our spiritual work (Colossians 3:23 and John 4:34-36).

Remember the ant. Hard work pays off in the end.

After all, we’d all like to be at least as smart as an insect!

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