Loose Lips

During World War II, there was a mantra put on posters that said: “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It was challenging Americans to keep quiet about our battle strategy and our weaponry so that the enemy will not find out what we have and where we have it.

Sometimes I talk too much.  I should just be quiet and let there be silence. Instead I open my mouth to speak when I should probably be listening.  The Proverb writer speaks to this. Check this out….

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
3 Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives,
       but whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined.
 4 The lazy will not get what they want,
       but those who work hard will.
 5 Good people hate what is false,
       but the wicked do shameful and disgraceful things.
 6 Doing what is right protects the honest person,
       but doing evil ruins the sinner. (Proverbs 13:3-6 NCV)

I want to learn to be a person who guards my tongue carefully. I want to be wise and careful about what comes out of my mouth.  I want to stand up for what is right no matter what. I want to do the right thing and to be known as an honest person.

With the Lord’s help, I can be both honest and careful with my speech.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Life-Long Learning

I discovered several years ago that I love learning. I love being taught practical ideas and concepts that are useful to me. I love hearing about history and some of the important events and the people who acted with such courage. Learning inspires and instructs me.  I’m actually at a Realtor Convention where I’m about to learn some new ideas that can sharpen me as a REALTOR.  Solomon speaks to this. Check this out…

    Anyone who loves learning accepts correction,
       but a person who hates being corrected is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1 NCV) 

In May 2010, I became part of a new real estate company formed from a merger of two realty companies. Metro West Realty was formed in 2010. During the merger process, it became obvious that I should manage the new company. One of the companies that merged had been around for years and years. The company I was part of was around 10 years old.  One of my partners has been in real estate for over 40 years!  I have absolutely loved learning from him. He is wise and very experienced. He actually taught for years as well.

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

I also want to be a life-long learner in whatever field of work I’m in. It feels like learning keeps me younger and certainly more energized.

I need to stop writing now and get to my first class of the convention!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Give It Away!

There is a blessing that comes in giving that is impossible to describe.  I haven’t always been a generous giver. I could still improve in this area for sure.  I have learned the joy that comes from giving is like none other.  I believe God loves givers because He is one!  Check this out….

 24 Some people give much but get back even more.
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
       Others don’t give what they should and end up poor.
 25 Whoever gives to others will get richer;
       those who help others will themselves be helped. (Proverbs 11:24-25 NCV)

Giving people are full of joy and most often free of worry. They know that all they have belongs to the Lord anyway. They are not bound by material possessions but they have their eyes on eternal life.

I believe that I’m more like God when I give than at any other time. He gave His only Son that I might have life! He is amazingly generous and full of love. I want to be just like Him!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Word Power!

I’m not one to play crossword puzzles or word search much. I have played both and enjoyed them at times. My wife loves the “Words With Friends” game on her phone. Words are powerful tools whether used wisely or not. They carry meaning and weight and therefore we should use them with care and consideration.  It was James who said, “We all make many mistakes. If people never said anything wrong, they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves, too…. People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them, but no one can tame the tongue. It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself. Praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen.”  (James 3:2,7-10 NCV)

Solomon was considered the wisest king who ever lived and he wrote some incredible proverbs that challenge us to live wisely.  He speaks clearly about the power of our words. Check this out…

8 The wise do what they are told,
       but a talkative fool will be ruined.
10 A wink may get you into trouble,
       and foolish talk will lead to your ruin.
 11 The words of a good person give life, like a fountain of water,
       but the words of the wicked contain nothing but violence.
 13 Wise people speak with understanding,
       but people without wisdom should be punished.
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
 14 The wise don’t tell everything they know,
 20 The words of a good person are like pure silver,
       but an evil person’s thoughts are worth very little.
 21 Good people’s words will help many others,
       but fools will die because they don’t have wisdom, but the foolish talk too much and are ruined. (Proverbs 10:8, 10-11,13-14,20-21 NCV)

 My words matter in every area of my life.  I’m a husband, Dad, son, brother, friend, worship pastor, Realtor, manager and neighbor.  I have responsibilities to use my words wisely in any and every situation.

I believe that as I spend time in the Word of God, the Spirit of God helps me with my words and how I use them in my daily life.  My words have life or death – I must choose them carefully so that they are life-giving words!

 Pressing On!
Dwayne

Live & Teach Wisdom

I think wisdom is sometimes mistaken as simply being a product of life experiences. For example, I know a lot of things that won’t work because I’ve tried them. Those experiences may very well make me wise in those things. I believe wisdom to be much bigger and much deeper than that.  I believe wisdom comes from knowing the Lord and having a consistent and meaningful walk with Him.  Out of that walk, we can influence and teach others. Check out what Solomon says about this….

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
 8 Do not correct those who make fun of wisdom, or they will hate you.
       But correct the wise, and they will love you.
 9 Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser;
       teach good people, and they will learn even more.
 10 “Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord,
       and understanding begins with knowing the Holy One.
 11 If you live wisely, you will live a long time;
       wisdom will add years to your life.
 12 The wise person is rewarded by wisdom,
       but whoever makes fun of wisdom will suffer for it.” (Proverbs 9:8-12 NCV)

 I want to make the wisdom of God a part of my DNA. I want His wisdom woven through out the fiber of my life. I want others to know His wisdom and experience life with His leadership.  It takes a wise person to lay down their agenda for God’s agenda. I want to be that person every day of my life.

 I want my life to have influence that comes from the wisdom of God that permeates my soul. I want to walk very close to Him daily to draw upon the wisdom that comes only from Him.

 Pressing On!
Dwayne

Holy Spirit WISDOM

I believe that the Holy Spirit can give direction to my everyday life.  He can prompt me to choose wisely. He can direct my path to go to a certain way and do a certain thing. He can advise on buying a car, a house or even a pair of sunglasses.  I believe the Holy Spirit can advise me on any thing and everything.

I read in Proverbs 8 this morning that wisdom had been around before creation. The parallels between wisdom and the Holy Spirit were striking.  Check this out….

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
  29 I was there when he ordered the sea
       not to go beyond the borders he had set.
    I was there when he laid the earth’s foundation.
 30 I was like a child by his side.
    I was delighted every day,
       enjoying his presence all the time,
 31 enjoying the whole world,
       and delighted with all its people.
 32 “Now, my children, listen to me,
       because those who follow my ways are happy.
 33 Listen to my teaching, and you will be wise;
       do not ignore it.
 34 Happy are those who listen to me,
       watching at my door every day,
       waiting at my open doorway.
 35 Those who find me find life,
       and the Lord will be pleased with them.
 36 Those who do not find me hurt themselves.
       Those who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:29-36 NCV)

I certainly want the presence of the Holy Spirit & Wisdom in my life. I want Him to give direction for every single choice in my life – even what to have for breakfast!  I want His help in big decisions too. I want His help in leading my family and working in Real Estate.  In short, I want His Spirit and His  Wisdom to direct my path period.

Pressing On!
Dwayne