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Proverbs 15:3 ” The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”

I look at the unethical and immoral activity in the world today and I think to myself, “God, don’t You see this and aren’t You going to do something?”  It’s then that He gently reminds me that, #1…God doesn’t see as we do. (Job 10:4) and #2…His eyes are on the ways of men, He sees their every step. (Job 34:21)  The wicked of this world may think they’re getting away with their evilness…but God is still watching.  And in the end, Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  There is coming a day of reckoning for all of us…the good as well as the bad…the righteous as well as the unrighteous.

Proverbs 15:1 ” A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

Romans 12:17 tells us to, “not repay anyone evil for evil”…and I Corinthians 13:6 reminds us that,  “Love doesn’t delight in evil.”   The war of words is waged on a bloody battlefield… with many casualties and walking wounded that never recover from the pain inflicted by unkind and caustic words.  When we simply take a moment and answer a mean verbal attack with kindness instead…it defuses the situation immediately…for we deprive the enemy of  ammunition.

Proverbs 12:25 ” An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.”

You can ask my husband, I intentionally engage checkout clerks, wait staff and anyone else who may be helping me.  I am polite and courteous,  asking how their day is going and allowing them to talk.  I ask thoughtful questions and encourage them with kind-hearted words.   The other day I was speaking to a sleepy looking cashier at a large retail store…come to find out he had worked until 1am and was back again at 4am for his next shift.  Sadly, we become so focused on our own agenda…our own needs…our own impatience – that we totally forget that it’s another human being standing in front of us, with their own story.   I challenge you this holiday season to give a kind word to all those assisting you…for you don’t know how it may cheer them up.

Proverbs 24:14 ” Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

Wisdom speaks only truth to your soul.  It will guide you on the right path, and fill you with hope.  And with wisdom comes future hope … that can never be destroyed.

Proverbs 10:4 ” Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

Having been in Nursing Administration most of my life, I’ve interviewed and hired a lot of staff.  And the one thing I always looked for was a good work ethic. A first-rate candidate needed to be hardworking, thorough, and patient…while someone who seemed inconstant, lax, and careless would be looked over for the position.  Proverbs 12:24 tells us that, “Diligent hands will rule but laziness ends in slave labor.”  Developing a good work ethic will get you far, not only in your career, but your life.

Proverbs 11:25 ” A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

Everyone can use encouragement…everyone likes words  of appreciation.  This week I was explaining to a group of ladies the purpose of this Devotional.  Over 4 years ago,  the Lord challenged me to become a modern-day Barnabas…an encourager of others. And in  today’s world of negativity – I would challenge you also to become that man or woman of God that strengthens those around you…renewing souls with encouragement and gratitude…reviving and renewing those who are discouraged and down-trodden.  A kind word could be life changing to someone around you today….resolve to be a Barnabas.

Proverbs 15:2 ” The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. “

God first wants to work in you,  before He works through you.  Remember that your journey with the Lord is  a marathon not a sprint when you get impatient.  Don’t lose hope in the middle of God shaping you into what you need to be…for only then you can be the most effective for His unique plan and purpose in your life.