Proverbs 23

It doesn’t look like I’m going to make it by the end of February (silly me trying to do it in a short month), but by early next week, I will have read straight through Proverbs for the first time in over a decade. So here we are in chapter 23.

Do not wear yourself out to become rich;be wise enough to restrain yourself. (23:4)

This is the same man who pounds on lazy people for not working hard enough. Now he says to not work too hard. There is a balance between working hard for your wages and being a “workaholic”.

Working some overtime short-term to save money quickly or to pay off a debt is a great idea. But working overtime forever is foolish, because it takes you away from what really matters – family and friends. And without those important relationships, the wealth you earn will be of little value.

My child, if your heart is wise, then my heart also will be glad; my soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. (23:15-16)

This is the prayer of every good dad. There is nothing that makes a man more proud than to see his son or daughter make the wise choice. That’s why we use the 252Basics curriculum in our OTCC Tree House Kids program. Our goal is to partner with our families so that the kids will grow up and make their parents – and their Heavenly Father – proud of them.

There’s nothing a kid likes to hear as much as, “Well done, good job!” And those are the words of a proud parent.

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