Monday Motivator – April 23

I am not one who pays attention to the variety of diets available, but I am glad when I hear stories from folks like Jared, who lost weight while eating Subway subs, or Janet Jackson, and how she benefited from Weight Watchers. I know many folks have trouble with their weight, so eating well and developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is critical for all of us. I also know many followers of Jesus struggle with another issue – being “thin” Christians due to spiritual malnutrition. It’s hard if you try and live for Christ solely on the sermon you hear once a week.

After almost three and a half decades of following Jesus, I have discovered one diet that is a surefire way to get in shape spiritually and stay on track – I call it the Proverbs Diet. It consists of taking small portions of the Book of Proverbs each day for a month, chewing on it slowly (i.e., meditation), and allowing God’s Word to work into your life. It’s true that you are what you eat!

Consider the following Scripture Mc-Nuggets to whet your appetite:

  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom  (1:7)
  • Wisdom will protect you from being enticed by evil (2:12)
  • Don’t trust your own wisdom, but lean on God’s (3:5-6)
  • Pay attention to your Father’s instruction (4:1)
  • Don’t mess around with sexual temptation (5:3-10)
  • Hate evil behavior and perverse talk (8:13)…check out verses 34-35 as a bonus!
  • Wise people want to grow in wisdom and are teachable (9:9)
  • Laziness leads to poverty (10:4)
  • If you want to be respected, be kind to others (11:16)
  • You are stupid if you do not listen to instruction and correction, too (12:1)
  • Pride leads to nothing but arguments (13:10)
  • God is watching over all of us (15:3)
  • God alone is sovereign (16:4, 5, 9)
  • God’s name is a refuge (18:10)
  • Kindness to poor people honors God (19:17)
  • Being led astray by alcohol is foolish (20:1)
  • The discipline of children is a good idea (22:15)
  • Honey is good for you (24:13)
  • Too much honey is not good for you (25:16)
  • Deceit is no laughing matter (26:19)
  • Iron sharpens iron – be accountable to others to grow into Christ-likeness (27:17)
  • Don’t live in a fantasy world (28:19)
  • A wise person is self-controlled (29:11)
  • God’s Word is flawless, so know it well (30:5)
  • A noble wife is worth more than rubies (31:10)

Just one chapter a day for a month will get rid of the tentacles of sin that so easily entangles and prevents you from running your race well (Romans 12:1-2), and tighten up your spiritual muscles. While you are at it, work to memorize a verse from each chapter over the month, too.

When will you start this diet? Consider keeping a journal of valuable truths you learn (and are willing to apply) from reading a Proverb a day. How will you keep yourself accountable for what you read during this diet? Walk wisely. A Proverb a day keeps the devil away and you in shape.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

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