The difference between people who flourish in life and those who don't is wisdom—and they apply it to every single situation they face. The wisdom contained in the book of Proverbs can help us learn how to make great decisions by asking: "What's the wise thing to do?" Studying Proverbs helps to equip us with wisdom, find purpose, and grow in our faith.
Thank God It's Monday
Whether you work in an office downtown, a fast-food restaurant, a warehouse, or a house in the suburbs, work can often feel like, well, work. People pulling on you from every side and a to-do list that seems to get longer each time you cross something off. No wonder so many of us are stressed out, exhausted, and just plain tired of the daily grind. If you spend your Sundays dreading Monday morning, it doesn't have to be that way. It is possible to have a happy Monday.
"You are the worst. Why did you say that? You can't do anything right. No one really likes you, they just feel bad for you. You're stupid. Why would they hire you?"
Sound familiar? At one time or another, we all have an internal dialogue that is straight up ugly. We feel insecure, paralyzed by what others might think about us, discouraged, or accused of things that are untrue. It's easy drown in the noise of those lies and forget what it is that God says about who we are. The only way to tune in to the voice of God is to tune out the noisy static of the world around us.
More than Happy
Everyone's on the pursuit of happiness. Some people look to their friends, some to their families to find it. Some devote themselves to work or chase adventures. Some cling to food, money, new clothes, or new gadgets to try to make them happy. But sometimes it feels like we can't find happiness no matter where we look. Or we find it and then it disappears just as quickly. But what if God had something more in mind? Is it possible that no matter what our situation we can have joy? That we can be even More than Happy?
This summer we'll study the book of Philippians and learn about choosing joy, no matter our circumstances. Let's learn what it looks like to be more than just happy.
When Jesus asked people to follow him, he didn't look at their job titles, GPAs, or bank accounts first. He didn't expect them to clean up, sober up, or wise up before they could be with him. He just invited them to follow.
Following Christ isn't about being religious or perfect. It's simply about following, one foot and one day at a time.