Lessons Learned in Life

Lessons Learned in Life

Sometimes when wisdom shopping we find someone’s cleverness packed with wisdom. I think this is one of those times. The first thing I thought of was something imparted to me as a young child found in the Holy Writ; I Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

Be fun to hear the different wisdom that comes to each of us as we read….What do you hear?

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20 thoughts on “Lessons Learned in Life

    1. A good one, Gary! Think on this; “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” I Peter 5:6 When God gets the opportunity to impart wisdom in the equation of our humility, whoa, no shyness! But, boldness as The Apostle Paul prayed (Ephesians 6:19-24) quickly becomes confidence with strength shown in colorful splashes of kindness.

  1. Sara, Some thoughts! “Be humble but not shy” seems to indicate (to me, anyway) that humility and shyness are in direct opposition to each other. Shyness seems to be monumentally concerned with the ‘self-life’. Like not wanting to invest in communicating or connecting with others; involved in one’s appearance…maybe not just physical but overwhelmingly how one’s demeanor/presence is perceived by others and fellowship or participation with others too great a risk to one’s ego/id. (There are exceptions, I’m sure…but….)
    Whereas, humility reflects one’s estimation of another/others held in higher regard than regard of one’s self without demeaning self worth as a human being created in God’s image.

    1. MG, that is so interesting! You indicate, Shyness-humility direct opposites. I feel like a bird perched on a tree! I really don’t know how the bird feels but I feel the way I think he should feel!

    2. We have been studying the Beatitudes this week. In Isaiah 66:2 …the person who is poor in spirit is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at God’s Word. They know that only by God’s mercy will they have spiritual qualities they need. They seek to be under the wing of the eagle – Jesus Christ. Only the humble in spirit find the way of Jesus Christ as they know they are needy in spirit and search day after day after day. Don’t know about shy here. Our lessons tell us that Jesus was most interested in the issues of the heart. Makes one see how corrupt we are. I Samuel 16:God does not see what man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart.”

      1. Perhaps if you are humble as stated above you need to tell others about Jesus and what he has done in your life. Don’t think even a shy person will be shy in this area as it is too doggone exciting when God has done something through others.

  2. It SEEMS that MAYBE some shy ones are fearful to expend (or extend) themselves. I wonder what other reasons there might be?

  3. All the ‘bes’ seem to be challenges to exhibit the list of virtues…strong, kind, bold, humble,confident. All the ‘buts’ seem to be warnings that if the virtues are misdirected or misused then they become harmful behaviors towards others. Like strength can be good until it becomes too pushy or inconsiderate towards someone…then it’s rude.

  4. Philippians 1:6 gives us an open window view of confidence; “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Not any room for arrogance when one knows what their confident of.

  5. I love these thoughts as well.

    Proverbs 15:24
    The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.

    Proverbs 15:31
    He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. (NIV)(NIV)

    1. MG, Not sure I understood that you gave definition of shy as fear…do you mean what you wrote here; “t SEEMS that MAYBE some shy ones are fearful to expend (or extend) themselves. I wonder what other reasons there might be?” Or, other reference?

      1. I guess just trying clarify in response… FEAR…fear of rejection, etc. Fearful manifested in shyness ( much self -consciousness) would not be a virtue as Humility (humbleness) is; . more aware of others….is a virture. .. But shyness is counterproductive to it (humility)

  6. I thought this helped with the heart motive syndrome; Decision magazine
    “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” — 2 Chronicles 5:21 (NKJV) … Speechless, we are, oh Lord, to ever express the gratitude You are due for this gift of all gifts. So listen to our hearts, we pray, for they speak from the depths of our souls. With love and in Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

  7. DEAR GOD, when I pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” I choose to reject everything in me and around me that would keep that from happening. I realize I am denying myself the right to reign and rule and asking that you and you alone will reign and rule in me. Today, I especially sense my need for self-denial in relation to ___________…Amen. (Sara rejects…rude, weak, bully, shy and arrogant)

    – Steve Harper
    A Pocket Guide to Prayer

  8. “Be bold, but don’t bully” “Be confident, but not arrogant”

    “Be fun to hear the different wisdom that comes to each of us as we read….What do you hear?”

    As I read this, some verses came to mind……Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.” 1 Samuel 17: 41-51 “Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. ‘Am I a dog’, he roared at David, ‘that you come at me with a stick?’ And he cursed David by the names of his gods. ‘Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!’ Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies–the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle and he will give you to us!’ As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head.”(NLT)

    1. WOW, Tammy has given us some gory info! I would see sling and stones would be, open your mouth (sling) and stones would be truth. Just tell truth. Speak up. Be involved. Goliath would be, shy, rude, weak, arrogant, bully…

  9. Wow! “Goliath would be shy, rude, weak, arrogant, bully” and didn’t even know it. He was grossly offended, (regarding himself much more highly than he ought) when he saw David’s primitive weaponry, sling & stones & a stick. Goliath wailed….”what am I, a dog?” He had no idea!
    Because the heart is desperately wicked, many can deceive themselves into assuming that they are paragons of virtue or at least okay in the sight of God. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive [ourselves, especially]. ***

    Jesus talked about people like that in the Church @ Laodicea, in Revelation. He spoke of their great deception….in deceiving their very own selves. Jesus says, “For you say, ‘I am rich, grown wealthy and prosperous in all things, and I am in need of nothing…’ Jesus goes on to say, “And you do not realize, recognize, know and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked.” So much for one’s own high estimation of oneself. These are Christians, church people, that Jesus is addressing!! What a web of deception that we, too, may think more highly of ourselves than we ought. Can the curse of the human ego be reversed? Can we attain to ‘strong, kind, bold, humble and confident’ ? I believe so. Jesus gives us the antidote in the verse right after His rebuke. “I counsel you to purchase from ME gold refined and tested by fire that you may be truly wealthy, white clothes from Me to clothe yourselves.…and salve to put on your eyes that you may see. Those I love, I rebuke.”
    Oh, Lord, deliver me from self-deception thinking that I am strong when I am a wimp; thinking that I am kind when in my heart I am rude-minded; thinking I am humble when actually I am shy ( afraid to reach out because of rejection); my “confidence” revealed to others as bullying; David Teems writes, “May LOVE gain one more inch on this little plot of earthen vessel.”

    ***Sir Walter Scott quote

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