Like its predecessors, Proverbs 12 is yet another wisdom-packed adventure reminding us of powerful truths we have no doubt learnt along life’s journey. All to often, we forget these valuable lessons and need a fresh kick to refocus us on the ways of the wise.
On examining the characteristics of the foolish in Proverbs 12, I was struck by how easily we can become trapped by worry if we embrace some of the traits of the foolish.
Then again, a kind word of encouragement can quickly lift us out of that worrisome state and back onto wisdom’s path.
25 Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.
28 The way of the godly leads to life;
that path does not lead to death.
The reminder that our words and actions have the power of life and death places a huge responsibility on us to act wisely. If I were to write a superhero novel, it would undoubtedly be called “The Encourager.” I believe encouragers are the cornerstone to greatness in our society.
Challenge: Be a hero—take time this week to encourage a friend 🙂